This report presents the results of a study of doctors who have become chief executives of primary care trusts, NHS trusts (including Foundation Trusts) and strategic health authorities in England.
The study was commissioned by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and the Academy, from the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick with the aim of learning about the career paths taken by medical chief executives. The NHS Institute and the Academy wanted to understand the facilitators and barriers facing doctors in becoming chief executives in the NHS in order to inform ways in which this transition might be supported. The work summarised in this report helps to explain why there are few medical chief executives at present and outlines what can be done to encourage more doctors to take on leadership roles in future.

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