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Claims of elitism place key plank of new NHS leadership plan in jeopardy

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A leadership scheme promoting the top 250 leaders in the NHS could be rebadged after it was criticised for sounding elitist

Development of the Top 250 scheme was announced in the NHS Next Stage Review and comes under the remit of the new NHS Leadership Council.

A framework for establishing the council, which is intended to drive up leadership in health care, was published last week.

The Top 250 scheme received a large amount of negative comment during the consultation, the framework document said.

It recommended that the list should be renamed – suggestions included the Top Posts Programme or Senior Posts Programme.

‘The Leadership Council should not be focused on the role of individuals,’ the document said.
‘The Top 250 goes against this, as does the sense of being able to single out people for central career management.’

RCN head of policy Howard Catton said: ‘It would be good to go deeper into the NHS to identify a larger number of people who could be future leaders.’

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