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MiP welcomes Hunt's vote of confidence in NHS management

Wed 30 Nov 2016

Managers in Partnership (MiP) today welcomed the speech by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to the annual conference of NHS Providers.

MiP chief executive Jon Restell said:

"The ten-fold increase in the number of non-clinical management trainees by 2020 is bold. Good for Hunt. It is a vote of confidence in general management, HR, finance and other disciplines in the NHS.

"We have always strongly supported the aim of growing the number of chief executives from clinical backgrounds and the proportion of leaders who are women and from BME backgrounds.

"The government must also do more to hold on to existing managers. A fifth have gone since 2010, and that is a lot of skill, experience and dedication lost to the NHS at a crucial time. Middle managers – clinical and general – are the people who walk the tightrope between resources and compassion every day.'

"The NHS needs to reset the balance between challenge and support for board level directors. It has gone haywire in recent years – there are just too many undoable jobs. That's why it's proving so hard to find people to do them.

"Overall, this speech has some pretty positive policy on leadership. Our analysis of some problems – such as the vacancy problem at board level – differs sharply from the government's. But we can work with this – it is possible that government may finally be taking management as a resource seriously."

"As ever the devil is in the detail, and we will look to the secretary of state to follow up his warm words with action."

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