Last October, the Government announced a review into leadership across health and social care. The review led by General Sir Gordon Messenger and Dame Linda Pollard has now completed and makes seven recommendations to strengthen leadership, embed the best examples of management through support networks, peer mentoring, training and development across health and care.
The LGA response said that social care remains in a fragile position as councils struggle with underfunding and recruitment issues in the face of ever-increasing demand. The LGA has long argued for a place-based leadership of care and health. Leaders establish the culture of an organisation, setting the tone for the way of working by demonstrating positive behaviours. Enhancing the understanding and trust between systems and place leaders is vital to bridge the current cultural divide and tackle inconsistencies in opportunities for leadership roles.