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Review of health and social care leadership launched

The government has launched a review of leadership in health and social care.

The Health and Social Care Leadership Review will look to improve processes and strengthen the leadership of health and social care in England.

The review will be led by former vice chief of the defence staff general Sir Gordon Messenger and will report back to the secretary of state for health and social care Sajid Javid, in early 2022.

Working with the health and care systems, Sir Messenger will have a team from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the NHS to support him led by Dame Linda Pollard, chair of Leeds Teaching Hospital.

Health bosses say the government is determined that every pound of investment is well spent so that everyone gets the care that they deserve.

Strengthening leadership, including clinical leadership, and spreading the best examples of outstanding management is vital in ensuring that every pound of investment is spent well, by driving up innovation and more efficient ways of working. The review will help to reduce regional disparities in efficiency and health outcomes.

Secretary of state for health and social care, Sajid Javid, said any recommendations made as the review progresses will be considered carefully and could be rapidly implemented to make every penny of taxpayer’s money count.

‘I am determined to make sure the NHS and social care delivers for the people of this country for years to come and leadership is so important to that mission.

‘We are committed to providing the resources health and social care needs but that must come with change for the better.

‘This review will shine a light on the outstanding leaders in health and social care to drive efficiency and innovation. It will help make sure individuals and families get the care and treatment they need, wherever they are in the country, as we build back better.’

The review will also look at how to deliver the findings of proposals and commitments made in previous reports on leadership.

The work of the review only applies to England, though other nations will be free to consider its findings, and it will be funded from within existing DHSC budgets.

Publication of the review will be followed by a plan committing to implementing any agreed recommendations along with clear timelines.

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