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Membership of new National Leadership Council announced

NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson has announced the full membershipof the National Leadership Council (NLC), which brings togetherexperienced leaders to champion and challenge the development ofhigh-quality leadership through-out the NHS.

TheNLC includes more than 40 leading figures from healthcare, business andthe public sector. Mr Nicholson, who will chair the NLC, said he wasdelighted by the breadth of talent and experience that the members,patrons and fellows bring.

"Leadership is the vital ingredientthat can make all the difference to the quality of care that ourpatients experience," Mr Nicholson said. "Great leadership, whichfocuses on improving services for patients, will help transform theNHS."

He added: "We want to improve the overall quality of ourleaders, equipping them with the skills to make our vision a reality. Iam looking forward to working with this fantastic group of people fromsuch a diverse range of backgrounds to help build a strong culture ofleadership in the NHS."

The NLC has been established as a resultof a commitment set out in Lord Darzi's strategy for the future of theNHS and has been created after consultation with the NHS and leadershipexperts.

Its immediate focus will be on strengthening clinicalleadership, board development, top leaders, inclusion and emergingleaders, and the NLC will have a champion for each of these areas.

TheNLC will have 25 core members and five patrons – renowned leadershipexperts brought in to bring an "external perspective" – who will focuson bringing world-class leadership and leadership development to everylevel in the NHS. It will also draw on the expertise of a Faculty ofFellows, which is being created to support the NLC.

Regulatorsand NHS managers will be represented, including the Care QualityCommission Chief Executive, Cynthia Bower, Monitor Executive Chair,Bill Moyes, and NHS Confederation Chief Executive, Steve Barnett(pictured).

Patron Greg Dyke (Director General of the BBCbetween 2000–2004) said: "This is an exciting initiative at a criticalmoment. Leadership is at the heart of the NHS. I look forward to makinga contribution and ensuring that we deliver results that inspireconfidence from all within and outside the NHS."

Department of Health