Leadership for improvement — board development programme


Following an overwhelming response, 13 NHS trusts have been selected to join the first cohort.

The programme will focus on enabling boards to know what it takes to lead improvement in organisations where quality improvement is a core enabler to delivering the triple aim of achieving improvements in patient experience (satisfaction and outcomes), population health, and value for money. The first cohort of the programme will run from January 2019 to March 2020.

The programme has been developed as part of the National Framework for Capability Building. Developing People — Improving Care, published in December 2016, set out the ambition to support the boards of trusts to develop their knowledge and skills required to embed quality improvement across their organisation.  

The programme will build on the success of our pilot programme delivered to trusts last year as part of the ‘Developing People — Improving Care’ framework. 

The programme will be delivered on behalf of NHS Improvement by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with The King’s Fund. 

The first cohort

The first cohort of the programme will run from January 2019 to March 2020.

The 13 trusts that have been awarded a place are:

  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

We are exploring additional funding streams to enable more trusts to access the offer.

If you have any queries on any aspects of the programme, please email nhsi.developmentprojects@nhs.net.

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