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Managers 'can play key role in NHS reform success'

30 June 2011

Strong and skilled leadership will be required to ensure health workers are engaged with the future direction of the NHS.

This is according to Jayne Carrington, managing director of consultancy Right Management, who said senior figures must make sure employees "buy in" to the government's reorganisation of the health service.

She suggested political opposition to the reform agenda and negative media coverage is likely to have damaged engagement levels, making the task facing managers even greater.

"There has been an awful lot of press coverage and internal political debate about how the changes were communicated," Ms Carrington said.

She added that the NHS leaders must now reassess their management practices to "engage and align employees with the vision".

Research published by Right Management this week revealed that 82 per cent percent of foundation trust managers believe maintaining staff productivity during the NHS reforms will be a challenge.

One of the most controversial aspects is the commissioning changes, which will see budgets previously controlled by primary care trusts handed over to GP-led consortia.

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