The NHS provider chair competency framework

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One of the actions in the interim NHS People Plan was to develop competency frameworks for senior NHS leadership roles to assist in the recruitment, development and appraisal of our leaders.

NHS provider chairs were consulted and contributed to the co-creation of the NHS provider chair competency framework. In the context of the NHS principles and values in the NHS Constitution, it outlines five core characteristics that are essential in ensuring success and effectiveness in the chair role.

The chair competency framework recognises the pivotal role and contribution of provider chairs and aims to support NHS trusts and foundation trusts in attracting, appointing and developing them.

Above all, in leading their boards, chairs must visibly and consistently demonstrate a commitment to developing and maintaining a healthy organisational culture and environment built on trust; openness; honesty; integrity; and inclusivity, and which promotes collaborative, system-level leadership that is focused on the best interests of all patients and service users and the wellbeing of all staff.

For further information and advice please contact the Non-Executive Talent and Appointments Team.

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