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Use this guide to find information resources about leadership including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 23/01/2024

Key Resources

Kapadia D, Zhang J, Salway S, Nazroo J and Booth A (2022) Ethnic inequalities in healthcare: a rapid evidence review. NHS Race and Health Observatory.
The King’s Fund (2022) Integrated care systems: how will they work under the Health and Care Act?
Royal College of Nursing: Our international work
NHS England (2020) NHS people plan.
NHS England: NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
  • Includes the latest WRES report, previous reports, and details of phase two.
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West M, Bailey S and Williams E (2020) The courage of compassion. Supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high quality care. London: King’s Fund.
Royal College of Nursing (2021) Royal College of Nursing response to NHS England and NHS Improvement consultation on 'Building a strong, integrated care system across England'. London: RCN.
Charles A (2020) Integrated care systems explained: making sense of systems, places and neighbourhoods. Updated 2022. London: The Kings Fund.
RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum
  • Find out about the work of the forum including the Emerging Leaders project.
    Our work
McMahon A and Sin CH (2015) A guide to economic assessment in nursing. Harrow: RCNi.
RCN Clinical topic: Clinical governance
Health Education England (2015) Understanding and maximising leadership in pre-registration healthcare curricula: research report. London: HEE.
IntraHealth International, Nursing Now and Johnson and Johnson (2019) Investing in the power of nurse leadership: what will it take?
  • This report provides an in-depth analysis of the gender-related barriers to and facilitators of nurse leadership and makes recommendations for policymakers and implementers.
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Kolyva K, Butt N and Eames J (2018) #150 leaders evaluation: fostering student leadership. London: Council of Deans.
NHS Leadership Academy: The healthcare leadership model.
Steward K (2014) Exploring CQC's well-led domain. London: Kings Fund.
Timmins N (2015) The practice of system leadership: being comfortable with chaos. London: Kings Fund.
West M, Eckert R, Steward K and Passmore B (2014) Delivering collective leadership for health care. London: The Kings Fund.
We would like to thank the RCN Nursing in Management and Leadership member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


Book Cover Ashton D, Ripman J, and Williams P (2017) How to be a nurse or midwife leader. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Covey S R (2020) The 7 habits of highly effective people. 20th anniversary edn. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Book Cover Dolan B and Overend A (2019) Leadership and management on the ward. 3rd edn. (no place): Elsevier.
Book cover Ellis P (2022) Leadership, management and team working in nursing. 4th edn. Thousand Oaks: Learning Matters.
Book Cover Frost S and Alidina R-K (2019) Building an inclusive organization: leveraging the power of a diverse workforce. London: Kogan Page.
Book Cover Kotter J (2012) Leading change. 2nd edn. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.
Book Cover Kouzes J and Posner B (2022) The leadership challenge: how to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. 7th edn. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons.
Book Cover Marson N (2019) Leading by coaching: how to deliver impactful change one conversation at a time. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book Cover Patterson K, Grenny J, McMillan R and Switzler A (2011) Crucial conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Book Cover Peters S (2012) The chimp paradox. Vermilion, London.
Book Cover Stanley D, Bennett C L and James A H (2023) Clinical leadership in nursing and healthcare. 3rd edn. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Stanley D (2019) Values-based leadership in healthcare: congruent leadership explored. London: Sage.
Book Cover Swanwick T and McKimm J (2017) ABC of clinical leadership. 2nd edn. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Book Cover Taylor R and Webster-Henderson B (2017) The essentials of nursing leadership. Los Angeles: SAGE.
Book Cover Traynor M (2017) Critical resilience for nurses: an evidence-based guide to survival and change in the modern NHS. London: Taylor and Francis.
Book Cover Yoder-Wise P (2023) Leading and managing in nursing. 8th edn. St Louis: Elsevier.

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