The King's Fund

Leadership vacancies in the NHS

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author: Ayesha Janjua
  • Publication date: 12 December 2014

There is a growing awareness that NHS provider organisations are experiencing a high number of vacancies at senior levels, are reliant on interims and are experiencing a greater ‘churn’ of senior leaders.

The King’s Fund, in collaboration with the HSJ Future of NHS Leadership Inquiry, undertook a freedom of information (FOI) request to obtain an accurate picture of board-level vacancies, supplementing the data gathered with in-depth interviews and a literature review. This report details the level of vacancies and their impact and suggests reasons for this.