Leadership - other support


Here is a select, alphabetical listing of agencies and networks that provide important resources relating to this clinical governance theme. Focus has been placed on agencies and networks operating in the United Kingdom.


Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the new health and social care regulator for England which was established by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and came into operation in April 2009. The aim of the CQC is to "ensure better care for everyone in hospital, in a care home and at home". The Commission brings together independent regulation of health, mental health and social care - work formerly carried out by the Healthcare Commission, the Mental Health Act Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Its activities include the registration of health and social care providers, monitoring and inspection of all health and adult social care, regular reviewing to improve services and reporting the outcomes of this work.

Community Health Partnerships (CHPs)
Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) are being developed across Scotland to manage a wide range of community based health services. This website is intended as a resource for all those involved in the development of CHPs, with links to other relevant websites and development materials.

Entreprenurses CIC
Entreprenurses CIC is a community interest company which provides practical support for social enterprises as well as individual entrepreneurs, (particularly social entrepreneurs and nurse entrepreneurs).

Foundation of Nursing Leadership
The Foundation for Nursing Leadership is a subsidiary of Entreprenurses CIC. This website has a collection of free nursing leadership resources including self-assessment tests and virtual seminars.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
The IHI knowledge centre offers leadership related content including tools, change ideas, measures to guide improvement, IHI white papers, audio and video, improvement stories, and more. 'Leadership' can be selected as a filter when searching for content.

King's Fund
The King's Fund is an independent, charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. It carries out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on its own, in partnerships, and through funding. Resources consist of health related publications grouped together by health topic, a publicly accessible reference library specialising in health and social care resources including frequently requested subject reading lists and a current awareness service.

King's Fund: leadership development
The King's Fund leadership programmes can help people, working at any level within the health service, to develop their leadership skills - from clinicians and nurses, to NHS chairs and chief executives. The King's Fund also runs the Board Leadership Programme (run jointly with the King's Fund and NHS London) and executive coaching and mentoring services.

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH)
The National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) provided a national strategic resource which helped support NHS Wales in delivering the 'Designed for life' agenda. This included building leadership capacity and capability to secure continuous service improvement underpinned by technology, innovation, leading-edge thinking and best practice. NLIAH closed on 31 March 2013. This website is available as an archive but is not being updated.

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement - Building Capability
The Institute provided a range of learning opportunities, practical advice and tools to help the NHS workforce adopt the knowledge and skills needed to improve services and care. The NHS Institute closed on 31 March 2013. This website is being maintained in the short term so that registered users can download documents and view videos. A number of key resources have transferred to the NHS Improving Quality's website, see: NHS Improving Quality.

NHS Leadership Academy
The Academy aims to be "a centre of excellence and beacon of best practice on leadership development, owned by the NHS and working for all those involved in NHS funded care".

Scottish Government - supporting improvement
The role of the Improvement and Support Team (IST) is to support the delivery of key performance priorities within the Scottish Government Health Directorates and HEAT framework.


Clinical Leaders Network
The NHS Clinical Leaders Network (CLN) is a national, professional leadership network for clinicians in England. It can enable clinicians to develop and exchange professional learning with their peers and to lead service improvements in their local area, supporting SHA priorities.

Consultant Nurse, Midwife and Health Professionals
A national forum for consultant nurses and midwives in Wales which aims to make a significant contribution to the health and well being of the population of Wales. The website provides detailed information on conferences and events and keeps members up to date with information in the field.

NHS Networks
NHS Networks was set up to help connect leaders and innovators across the NHS with each other, with policy formers and joining networks up across geographies, sectors, professions and government. NHS Networks facilitates networking through a register of networks, a discussion forum using network talk, and themes relevant to primary care. It is also possible to register for New@Networks a weekly news digest which includes news items, new documents, toolkits and reports within the specialist areas.