NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson has unveiled the full membership of the new National Leadership Council for the National Health Service, which is comprised of more than 40 “leading figures” from healthcare, business and the public sector.

The creation of a NLC was pledged by Sir Ara Darzi in his NHS report High Quality Care for All, as part of a parcel of proposals designed to encourage a strong culture of leadership for health.

According to the Department of Health, the Council is responsible for overseeing all matters of leadership across healthcare, with a particular focus on standards. The NLC’s immediate focus, however, will be on: strengthening clinical leadership so that more clinicians can play a key role in driving the health service; helping boards to become more effective at tailoring care to local patients and communities; identifying potential leaders so that the NHS is “spoilt for choice” when picking candidates for tough and complex roles; ensuring that the profile of NHS leaders better reflects local communities; and identifying and developing the next generation of leaders in the NHS.

The Council consists of 25 Core Members - including Cynthia Bower, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, and Dr Bill Moyes Executive Chairman of Monitor - who will focus on bringing world-class leadership to all floors of the NHS.

External support
They will be supported by five Patrons, such as Daniel Goleman, author of the international best seller Emotional Intelligence, and Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns, Former Second Sea Lord & Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command, who will offer “an external perspective and bring constructive challenge to the Council and can be called upon for advice”, the DH says. In addition, a Faculty of Fellows is being created to lend further support and provide a wealth of expertise for the NLC to tap into.

Expressing his “delight” at the “breadth of talent and experience” the new members of the Council will bring, Nicholson, who will Chair the NLC, said: “Leadership is the vital ingredient that can make all the difference to the quality of care that our patients experience,” and he claimed that “great leadership, which focuses on improving services for patients, will help transform the NHS”.

A full list of members is available on www.dh.gov.uk