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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) welcomes the Committee’s timely inquiry into education, training and workforce development in the health sector. CMI has consistently called for a much greater emphasis on leadership and management skills development in the NHS, and is encouraged that this important subject is now gaining more attention.
However, we believe that much work is still to be done if the Government is serious about achieving its Quality, Improvement, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) efficiency targets and introducing a completely new structure of commissioning, education, training and workforce development at the same time.
We very much welcome the creation of the National Leadership Academy, the successor body to the National Leadership Council, but urge Government to pick up the pace in its implementation so that the achievements of the National Leadership Council are not lost. We are also keen to learn more about the new arrangements for education and training, and how the new structure will deliver much-needed improvements in leadership and management skills, both for clinical and non-clinical managers, particularly in terms of demonstrating what good management and leadership looks like.
With the crucial recommendations of the Mid-Staffordshire inquiry keenly anticipated in the first half of next year, the pressure is on Government, NHS employers and staff to raise the bar in terms of leadership and management skills, so as to deliver improved patient care and to ally the public’s perception of alarming variations in care standard levels, particularly at the acute hospital trust level.1
We look forward to working with Government and its agents towards better leadership and management skills at all levels, and in all professions, throughout the NHS.