NHS chief executive promises clinicians a greater management role

All shortlists for filling NHS trust chief executive posts should include at least one clinician within three to five years, the health service’s top civil servant has said.

NHS chief executive David Nicholson told a King’s Fund conference this week that strategic health authorities were developing training programmes to identify and train potential leaders from clinical and management backgrounds.

‘I want to get to the position in three to five years where every chief executive shortlist has at least one clinician,’ Mr Nicholson said.

He said change in the NHS could not be delivered without the engagement of clinicians.

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