"The Scheme has a great reputation for developing dynamic leaders who excel - many of the senior leaders here started out on the graduate scheme."

Mohammed Usman Rehman

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The NHS Leadership Academy is the home for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. Set up in July 2012, the Academy brings together, for the first time, all national activity supporting leadership development in health and NHS funded services.

The principal purpose of the Academy is to develop outstanding leadership in health, in order to improve people’s health and their experiences of the NHS.

The challenges facing the NHS require our leaders to build on their existing strengths - and develop new ones.

Our 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 academies to develop leaders, celebrating and sharing where outstanding leadership makes a real difference.

Why does leadership in the NHS need to change?

Quite simply, because there’s so much evidence connecting better leadership to better patient care.

High profile reports on the NHS, the Francis Report, the Keogh Review and the Berwick Report, all point to it, as 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.

There’s lots of 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’re much more likely to be successful by ensuring we ‘grow our own’ leaders more effectively, and that the routine development of talented individuals, linked to career progression, becomes a core part of our business.

Find out more about the work of The NHS Leadership Academy here.