NHS Senior Leadership Onboarding and Support

Your well-being during and beyond the COVID pandemic

Leading an NHS organisation can be challenging and pressured at any time. The COVID pandemic continues to have an enormous impact on services and people working in the NHS. It is especially important to take care of yourself to enable you to support and lead staff and ensure the best service for patients – during and beyond this time. There is support available to you and your staff at the Supporting Our People page, with specific resources for senior leaders also available in the Executive Suite.

Who is this for ?

These resources are designed to support senior leaders working in any part of the system or the partnership delivery structures in developing your leadership in a complex and changing landscape. In addition to these resources there are specific elements for Chairs and Non Executive Directors here, as well as a specific offer for people newly appointed to Integrated Care Boards.

To join up health and care services, partners across local systems will need to work together in new and different ways. National health and care bodies are working closely with all areas to support them to do this.

We aim to do everything we can to share learning about integrated care across the country.

You can find the latest guidance to Integrated Care here:

Integrated Care

Integrated Care System (ICS) Development

NHS England have produced a menu of support offers and resources available to ICSs. The menu of support provides a comprehensive guide to national ICS development support currently available to systems. This updated menu of support is focussed on support available in key priority areas highlighted through ICS System Development Plans updated on 31 March 2022. The menu of support will be updated on a regular basis (every 2 3 months) as new support offers come on stream. Support offers are available to systems on an optional-use basis. These support offers are either delivered directly by NHS England or commissioned from external suppliers and range from informal and ad hoc support to more intensive offers.

If you are new to the NHS, or working in partnership with it, the Governance, Assurance and Understanding the NHS page has useful resources to support you in understanding the systems around you.

These resources have been designed to complement your local induction. We’ve grouped resources around key competencies that support senior and aspiring senior leaders in delivering safe high quality care, great patient experience and improving population health. If you think this site could be even better…please send suggestions to [email protected]

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Have you ever thought about becoming a Chair or a Non-executive Director at some point in the future?

N.B. The signposting on this website is not intended as an endorsement but to support your thinking in your new role.


National onboarding resources for senior leaders