Here at NHS South West Leadership Academy we operate a small but dynamic team who are responsible for the design, creation and delivery of our interventions. We work to empower people in the South West to secure better health, care and wellbeing outcomes through leadership. Wherever opportunity lies – within the system and across diverse communities — we work to develop compassionate leaders and the conditions for inclusive, future-focused leadership.
The NHS South West Leadership Academy’s philosophy is simple – great leadership development improves leadership behaviours and skills. Better leadership leads to better patient care, experience and outcomes.
Our purpose is to work with our partners to deliver excellent leadership across the NHS to have a direct impact on patient care. We offer a range of tools, models, programmes and expertise to support individuals, organisations and local partners to develop leaders, celebrating and sharing where outstanding leadership makes a real difference.
To develop outstanding leadership at every level of the NHS, creating cultures of compassion and inclusion that improves lives in local communities.
To be a regional centre of excellence for leadership development, delivering a national approach locally, and responding to the leadership needs of future and existing leaders across the South West NHS healthcare system to improve the quality of public health and patient outcomes.
To develop outstanding leadership in health, in order to improve people’s health and their experiences of the NHS. As a network of Leadership Academies we’ll aim to do this by:
Quite simply, because there’s so much evidence connecting better leadership to better patient care.
Francis, Berwick, Keogh point to it and so does leading academic, Michael West. They all make the link between good leadership and making a positive difference to patient care, care outcomes and the experience of care.
And there is far too much evidence linking failure in leadership to failures in patient care too.
In fact, getting leadership right makes a very positive difference.
And it doesn’t happen by accident.
Recent research from the internationally respected Development Dimensions International (DDI) on global leadership showed a real problem with the perceived quality of leaders globally – it said there was no evidence that the high quality leaders we need in the NHS can be recruited from elsewhere.
The fact is, we are much more likely to be successful by deploying tactics to ensure we ‘grow our own’ more effectively and that the routine development of talented individuals, linked to career progression, becomes a core part of our business.
Although ambitious and innovative, the philosophy behind the leadership development principles of the NHS Leadership Academy are simple and well proven:
The NHS Leadership Academy was established on 1st April 2012 to develop outstanding leadership in health in a consistent, systematic manner to ensure there is sufficient scale and pace to deliver the leadership required for the transition and to lead the new system within a tough financial regime requiring high levels of innovation, engagement and devolution.
Leadership development has been a regional priority in the South West since 2006 and recognising this long-standing commitment to improving heathcare through the development of effective leaders at all levels, the NHS South West Leadership Academy was formally authorised as a Local Delivery Partner of the National Leadership Academy on 5th December 2012.
NHS South West Leadership Academy is governed through a membership board to ensure we respond to the needs of our individuals, teams, organisations and STPs across the region, then nationally as a Local Leadership Academy of the NHS Leadership Academy.
On 1 April 2019, the NHS Leadership Academy moved to NHS England and NHS Improvement, in order to directly support the leadership and talent management requirements of the NHS Long Term plan.
The interim NHS people plan sets a vision for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver care and identifies the actions we will take to help them. This interim People Plan sets out our vision for people who work for the NHS to enable them to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan, with a focus on the immediate actions we need to take.
The NHS is founded on a common set of principles and values that bind together the communities and people it serves.
The NHS South West Leadership Academy Board is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient discharge of its responsibilities.
We are passionate about using innovation, co-design, partnership working and collaboration to shape the leadership landscape.
Here at NHS South West Leadership Academy we operate a small but dynamic team who are responsible for our portfolio of interventions.