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Approaches to leadership and managing change in the NHS

Melanie Lumbers First published: Last updated:

The NHS is continually changing as research evidence leads to new practices and technology transforms the workplace. Resistance to some changes may occur because of staff fears about adapting to and coping with new methods. This is where change models and leadership are important. This article discusses changes taking place in the NHS, and some theoretical models of change. Leadership styles are also discussed, including those most useful for the nurse to use when leading a team and implementing change.

The aim of Public Health England's work is to promote health and wellbeing by creating environments where individuals, families, and communities are informed, empowered, healthier and happier (Public Health England, 2013).

Achieving this goal is a constant challenge, requiring nurses and other health professionals to not only remain updated with evidence-based best practice (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015), but also to effectively implement and sustain this change in practice.

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