Respect and Compassion Central to New Standards for NHS Leaders (Department of Health)


Department of Health standards, from the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, and drawn-up for the guidance of members of NHS boards and governing bodies in England, place a renewed emphasis on the importance of respect, compassion and care for patients as being vitally important for leadership and good governance in the NHS.

These standards bring together the essential skills expected of executive and non-executive leaders in the NHS in England. They are intended to be upheld across personal behaviour, technical competence and business practices. The standards are based on 7 core values:

  1. Responsibility.
  2. Honesty.
  3. Openness.
  4. Respect.
  5. Professionalism.
  6. Leadership.
  7. Integrity.


“The new standards challenge people to take responsibility for their own behaviour, to challenge the behaviour of others, and to recognise and resolve conflicts of interest”.

Read more: Respect and compassion at centre of new standards for NHS leaders. Department of Health.

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Standards for members of NHS boards and Clinical Commissioning Group governing bodies in England. London: Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, November 2012.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].

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