Swimming together or sinking alone Health, care and the art of systems leadership

Swimming together or sinking alone Health, care and the art of systems leadership | Richard Vize | Institute of Healthcare Management

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The Institute of Healthcare Management have published this report based on revealing interviews with senior leaders in health and local government on what is really happening as managers grapple with the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process.

It aims to help leaders understand the values, culture and skills they need to survive and thrive as the NHS tries to change from organisations working in silos to local health and care networks focussed on the needs of patients.

Under the Sustainability and Transformation Plan process announced in December 2015, health and local government leaders are coming together locally to take on two big challenges – shaping services around local needs, and doing so in a way which is financially sustainable.

Barriers between primary, secondary and community care are becoming ever more permeable and, for the first time since the creation of the NHS in 1948, local government is a major partner in shaping and delivering care.

The report analyses the difficulties these new, highly pressured networks are experiencing, and identifies how healthcare managers need to think and act differently to make systems leadership a success.

Read the full report here

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