Stephen Thornton, chief executive of the NHS Confederation said: 'I
believe there is actually more stability than in the past and there is
no sense of a haemorrhage of top management from the NHS. It is
high-profile leaders in recent months, to an haemorrhage of NHS top
He added: 'Focusing attention on the top detracts from the need to
actually identify and develop leadership potential throughout the entire organisation. This is where the NHS Confederation's idea of a
`leadership academy' comes into being.'
If the government's National Plan for the NHS is to be a success it will need to be led by people locally. We need to develop and train the thousands of doctors, nurses and managers that can really make a
difference locally to the quality of patient care. This is why we are
arguing for the creation of the academy. It would focus people on the
top priorities and help create a truly multi-disciplinary leadership
community for the NHS.
The NHS Confederation's proposal would see the creation of a leadership academy to train and develop the most senior 5% of the NHS workforce (around 40,000 people), costing around£20m per year to run.
'This proposal would redress the balance between professional,
occupational loyalties and focus on corporate objectives. It would
educate NHS leaders about tried and tested methods and approaches to
performance improvement and clinical change management,' concludes