Report: Change in leadership style could cut NHS stress

Stress at work among members of staff within the NHS could be reduced if the body undergoes a change in leadership style.

That is according to a new report published today (May 23rd) by the King's Fund, which has called on bosses in the health service to focus less on a target-driven approach to management.

The health think tank's study - which is the culmination of 12 months' worth of research - indicated this would help improve the morale of workers, while also enhancing patients' health outcomes and making financial savings.

It noted that staff absenteeism is far less common in workplaces where employees feel valued and engaged - and every NHS trust could cut annual costs by around £150,000 just by reducing the amount of time workers have off.

Chris Ham, chief executive of the King's Trust, observed: "Instead of making swingeing cuts to the number of NHS managers, our research suggests that a new style of leadership could significantly improve financial and service performance."

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23/05/2012 16:55