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National Health Service

Leadership and Management Frameworks

  • Medical Leadership Competency Framework
    MLCF describes the leadership competences doctors need in order to become more actively involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services.
  • NHS Leadership Framework; 
    The Leadership Framework provides a consistent approach to leadership development for all staff in health and care irrespective of discipline, role, function or seniority and represents the standard for leadership behaviours that all staff should aspire to.

Arms Length Bodies

  • Care Quality Commission 
    The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England.
  • Monitor
    Monitor is the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts.
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
    NICE guidance helps health and social care professionals deliver the best possible care based on the best available evidence.
  • Health Education England
    is the new national leadership organisation responsible for ensuring that education, training, and workforce development drives the highest quality public health and patient outcomes.
  • National Patient Safety Association
    The NPSA is an arm's length body of the Department of Health. It was established in 2001 with a mandate to identify patient safety issues and find appropriate solutions.

Professional guidance

Healthcare Charities (free to access)

  • The Kings Fund
    is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England.
  • The Health Foundation 
    is an independent charity working to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in the UK.
  • The Nuffield Trust 
    is an authoritative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK.


  • The Network 
    an online community of medical students, junior doctors and newly qualified GPs and Consultants with an interest in clinical leadership and medical management.
  • Clinical Leaders Network 
    A unique, national, professional leadership network for clinicians in England

Other Resources

  • Institute of Health Improvement
    (IHI) believes that everyone deserves safe and effective health care, and we have been working with health care providers and leaders throughout the world to fulfill that promise.
  • Harvard Business Review 
  • Quality and Safety Journal; BMJ
  • RSA animate  
    The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.
  • Ted Talks
    TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.




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Management for Psychiatrists (3rd edition)

Management for Psychiatrists (third edition)

Edited by Dinesh Bhugra, Stuart Bell and Alistair Burns

This popular title provides a sound practical guide to the complex world of management in psychiatric practice, and is essential reading for senior trainees and consultants. The editors have brought together a host of knowledgeable and well-known authors who write from their experience in the ever-changing National Health Service. Topics covered include the various skills necessary for running services, such as management of finances, resources and personnel issues.


To find out more please visit our publications titles for Service Planning and Management


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