[PDF] Clinician to chief executive : supporting leaders of the future

NHS Providers
NHS Providers
Publication date:
10 October 2018


Strong clinical leadership at all levels is a feature of high-performing healthcare organisations. For NHS foundation trusts, recent independent research has found it to be a critical factor of successful board leadership to improve the safety and quality of care. However, the relatively low number of clinically-trained individuals on NHS boards and in particular taking up chief executive positions, provides compelling evidence that there are cultural and practical challenges for this group of leaders, that make the leap into executive management seem risky and unappealing.