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Promoting leadership within primary care

Published: 3 January, 2016

“An evidence-based national framework to guide action on improvement skill-building, leadership development and talent management for people in NHS-funded roles.”

NHS Improvement has published an exciting new national framework on improvement and leadership development. (‘Developing People – Improving Care: a national framework for action on improvement and leadership development in NHS-funded services’. NHS Improvement 1 December 2016)

What is different about this strategy is that it has been developed by a coalition of organisations and formally links leadership and quality improvement activities. It is an inspiring and practical framework that has a specific emphasis on leadership across systems and on leadership in primary care.

Having a framework is not enough however. What is needed, from all of us working within the health and care system, and in particular those of us working in primary care,  is the courage to deliver on the commitments in the framework, the courage to have the conversations that are required to change the way we work, to continue to lead and improve ourselves and our services despite the all-encompassing and well documented challenges.

In primary care we are already used to working in partnership with key stakeholders, however this document challenges us to take this to a new level, building new system wide relationships, demonstrating trust and commitment to others and ensuring we develop our future leaders, whilst at the  same time fully engaging with our communities.

The framework provide us with an opportunity to promote the leadership and QI skills within primary care, to work together to make a real and lasting difference to the communities that we serve. It is a mandate for change, for inclusive and compassionate leadership to flourish……let’s embrace it.


Maggie Woods
Head of Leadership and OD Wessex, NHS Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy
Associate GP Dean, Health Education England Thames Valley
M.07825 448330 E. 


Last updated: 21 May, 2018

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