NHS managers and leaders

Supporting new standards for board members

Ensuring high standards of leadership in the NHS is crucial. To support this, we have published a suite of board level learning and development opportunities. These resources sit alongside the Fit and Proper Person Test (FPPT) framework.

Working with system colleagues and wider stakeholders, we are finalising a new NHS Leadership Competency Framework (LCF) for board level roles. The LCF will help inform the ‘fitness’ assessment in the FPPT in line with the recommendation in the Tom Kark KC Review on professional standards. It takes account of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, NHS People Promise and integrated care board (ICB) formation, and will support the development of a diverse range of skilled and proficient leaders to deliver the best outcomes for our patients, workforce and wider communities.

A new board appraisal framework will also be published, incorporating the LCF, by March 2024.