Leadership & Transformation: Professor Michael West

We held a very successful and extremely powerful and thought provoking session with Professor Michael West on Thursday 19th October, exploring the fundamental relationship between leadership and transformation for high quality and compassionate care.

During the session Professor Michael West explored the Developing People – Improving Care framework whilst touching on the work of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans and the impact of the Accountable Care Organisations within the South West region. Michael also talked through compassionate leadership at all levels and advised delegates on the importance of their leadership role within the system. Whilst highlighting the importance of patient care and how our leadership roles lead the way for future leaders, he reminded us how critical it is to take some time to listen and hear those around us even when we are too busy to do so.

We were also lucky enough to be able to record Michael’s session, this video along-with his slides from the day will be made available over the coming weeks so please keep an eye on our website.


Professor Michael West joined The King's Fund as a Senior Fellow in September 2013 and became Head of Thought Leadership in September 2015. He is Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, Senior Research Fellow at The Work Foundation, Visiting Professor at University College, Dublin, and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School.

He graduated from the University of Wales in 1973 and received his PhD in 1977. He has authored, edited and co-edited more than 20 books and has published more than 200 articles in scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Society for Industrial/Organisational Psychology, the Academy of Social Sciences, the International Association of Applied Psychologists and the British Academy of Management. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

His areas of research interest are team and organisational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organisation of health services. He lectures, both nationally and internationally, on the results of his research and on his solutions for developing effective and innovative organisations.

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