The role of leadership in contributing to the success of a Healthier Wales cannot be overstated. We need leaders who will ensure a culture of well-being, continuous improvement, openness and that psychological safety thrives within our workforce and organizations.

NYHW has a leading role in delivering the leadership agenda on a once for Wales basis and in line with the ambition to transform the healthcare workforce in Wales.

NYHW's Annual Plan 2019 - 20 sets out initial projects to drive the leadership agenda forward.

  • In line with the Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care, develop a leadership strategy for health and social care in Wales, in partnership with social care Wales and Academi Wales
  • Implement a succession planning and talent management framework for NHS Wales
  • Map leadership and management resources and identify priority programs for health and care
  • Implement digital leadership portal and alumni network (s)


HIW has secured agreement from the Welsh Government and NHS Wales to embed a collective and compassionate approach to the development of the leadership strategy for Wales and related projects. This approach, developed by Professor Michael West, Kings Fund, already provides the foundations for leadership development in health and care across other parts of the UK and Ireland. Social Care Wales is supportive of a compassionate and collective leadership approach to developing a leadership strategy for health and care.

What is compassionate and collective leadership?

Compassionate leadership requires leaders to:

  • Attend - give time and listen with interest
  • Understand - find out what and why
  • Show Empathy - caring for the other person
  • Help - support / take appropriate action

Collective leadership requires a focus on teams, systems and inclusivity, and is underpinned by compassion and quality improvement.

Taken together, compassionate leadership and collective leadership do not identify boundaries and apply to all leaders regardless of their professional background.

Feedback from the engagement phase of developing a national health and social care workforce strategy shows that there is a desire for a compassionate and collective approach to leadership in Wales. Also, a culture of inclusivity, psychological safety and prioritizing the health and well-being of the workforce.

Above all, there is clear evidence of the link between these approaches, the focus on workforce wellbeing and the quality of patient care.

Highlights of progress so far

Upcoming Events

December 2019

5 th Dec - AHP leadership event, Swansea Bay University Health Board
16 th Dec - Leadership Steering Group

19 th Dec - Leadership event at Swansea Bay University with Professor Michael West (CFS)

19 th Dec - Live webinar with Professor Michael West (YP)

January 2020

28 th Jan - NYHW review of the engagement leadership sources with Professor Michael West

February 2020

12 th Feb - Swansea Bay Leadership Summit supported by Professor Michael West

20 th Feb - NYHW culture and leadership workshop, supported by NHS and NHS England improvement

April 2020

NYAW Talent Summit