Michael West considers how NHS Improvement's new framework for national improvement and leadership development offers optimism for a beleaguered NHS.

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Commenting on NHS Improvement’s launch of ‘Developing people – improving care’, a new national framework on leadership skills and development in the NHS, Marcus Powell, Director of Leadership and Organisational Development for The King’s Fund, said:

‘All too often, we see a directive style of leadership in the NHS that can get short-term results but does significant long-term damage. We see the results of this in the high numbers of NHS staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse, and chronically high levels of staff stress.

‘The publication of this strategy should be a springboard to a new style of leadership in the NHS. This has to start at the top, with senior leaders changing the way they work to be more compassionate, collaborative and inclusive. Leaders in the national bodies must also model this approach in how they work with the rest of the system.