Trust to have key role in NHS programme

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital near Cramlington.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital near Cramlington.

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A regional health organisation has been confirmed as one of only three bodies across England to help spearhead the development of positive cultures and leadership capability across the NHS.

Working with NHS Improvement and the King’s Fund, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will develop a programme designed to support other organisations nationwide to create and embed cultures that allow safe, high quality and compassionate patient care to flourish.

Alongside hospitals in Manchester and London, it will ‘road test’ a new best practice toolkit which will also help the trust itself to better understand its own current leadership qualities and challenges, how staff feel about culture and the impact on patient care and, importantly, what further improvements can be made.

The results of this work will ultimately become a practical step-by-step guide for other NHS organisations looking to embrace best practice in leadership and organisational development.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, said: “We have worked very hard over many years at Northumbria to create an open culture where everyone feels empowered to share their views and input ideas on how we can continually improve services for patients.

“However, we know there is always more we can learn and taking part in this national pilot will not only help us focus on our own areas for improvement, but also help NHS organisations across the country.”