Joint director appointments present opportunity to forge new relationship with frontline trusts

11 December 2018

 

The regional directors have been named as follows:

 

Responding to the joint director appointments by NHS England and NHS Improvement, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said:

“The appointment of the new joint national and regional directors for NHS England and NHS Improvement presents an opportunity to forge the new relationship with frontline trusts that arms length body leaders have said they want to create and that the recent Kerr report has highlighted is much needed.

That new relationship needs to be based on understanding and supporting frontline trusts rather than reflexively reaching for command and control, regulation and performance management.

Chris Hopson    

“That new relationship needs to be based on understanding and supporting frontline trusts rather than reflexively reaching for command and control, regulation and performance management. We need a new approach that eliminates duplication between the arms length bodies; creates a single, coherent, system level view spanning provision and commissioning; and quickly starts to reduce the current levels of unnecessary burden placed on trusts.

“This will be a fundamental change and will require the newly appointed directors to behave very differently. They will need to create a much more collaborative relationship with trusts where listening and responding to what frontline leaders need is the key focus. A good first step would be a collaborative project between the new directors and frontline trusts to define the mutual behaviours, systems and processes that will govern relationships in the new regions, as recommended by the Kerr report.

They will need to create a much more collaborative relationship with trusts where listening and responding to what frontline leaders need is the key focus.

Chris Hopson    

“Trusts also need the new NHSE/I leadership team to set realistic financial and operational targets, make rapid progress in tackling current workforce shortages and recognise that trusts are currently working flat out to deliver outstanding care to the patients they serve.

“As the membership body for all 227 frontline trusts, we look forward to working closely with the new Directors to deliver this far reaching agenda.”

 

 

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