Social Care Institute for Excellence to research leadership in integrated care systems

The NHS Leadership Academy has commissioned the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to undertake research to further the understanding of systems leadership in integrated care systems.

A new report today, sets out the findings from this research and makes recommendations for the future. It’s the latest Future of Care Report from SCIE. It’s aimed at chief executives, directors and senior managers from the NHS, local authorities, housing organisations and voluntary and community sector.

SCIE’s Chief Executive, tony Hunter, says: “Too often leadership is seen as something that goes on in ivory towers. Changing to systems leadership might seem quite daunting to some leaders across health and care but during the research for this project we’ve been consistently told it’s the right thing to do. When leaders in all the various public bodies have great relationships and work together with local populations, it’s a great way of addressing the need to continually improve people’s lives.”

The research reveals that leaders in ICSs need to be skilled at, for instance, identifying and scaling innovation; having a strong focus on outcomes and population health; and building strong relationships with other leaders, which can often mean working with them informally to develop joint priorities and plans. They can also establish governance structures which drive faster change, often going where the commitment and energy is strongest.

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