Analysis

Strong leadership needed to ensure NHS makes savings

Leadership and management in the NHS have been put at the centre of government plans for the health service during this parliament

Leadership and management in the NHS have been put at the centre of government plans for the health service during this parliament.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged more support, saying ‘strong leadership’ is the key to helping the NHS achieve the savings it needs to make. He made the promise in July as he published the long-awaited Rose report (Rose 2015) into health service management.

The review, by former Marks & Spencer chief executive Sir Stuart Rose, is particularly critical of the way managers have been treated and supported. The report makes 19 recommendations covering training, performance management, bureaucracy and management support, with the aim to ‘make people better qualified to manage and to lead’.

Former Marks & Spencer chief executive Sir Stuart Rose. Picture credit: Alamy

All of them have been accepted ‘in principle’ by the government with one measure – the NHS

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