Across the North-East and North Cumbria region greater focus is being placed on integration across public services – particularly health and social care. The NHS Long Term Plan (2019) outlines how integrated care systems (ICS) are being developed across England to redesign care and improve health. A key part of this plan is investment in boundary-spanning leadership. Yet the context of health services also poses particular leadership challenges (Bovaird, 2007; Sousa et al., 2015).
Academic literature discusses how public leadership involves complexity, systems thinking and boundary-spanning work (Buick et al., 2019; Mangan and Lawrence-Pietroni 2019;). This has been defined as VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) (Van Der Wal, 2017; Mangan and Lawrence-Pietroni, 2019). Whilst collaboration is seen as “the new normal” (Sullivan 2014) this requires different skills and different mindsets (O’Flynn et al., 2011; Buick et al., 2019). In particular the leadership task is seen as something that can be distributed, i.e. one that takes place among all people and at all levels within an organization, rather than just at senior levels (Gronn, 2000). Yet many of the tasks and activities of leaders encompass not just these new forms of boundary spanning leadership but also the crafting skills of traditional public administration (Rhodes, 2016) and transactional managerial duties. This has been described as “craft and graft” (Dickinson, 2014). Undoubtedly this creates significant challenges for those in leadership positions and raises the question of how best to support both current and aspiring leaders into these roles.
This research will explore how collaborative leadership can be fostered within a regional governance system to enhance the achievement of health and social care outcomes. Looking at the North-East and North Cumbria region the researcher will explore current approaches to supporting leadership capacity and capability and how this reflects the changing nature of public leadership.
This project is supervised by Dr Ian Elliott.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF19/…) will not be considered.
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Gibb, S., Ishaq, M. and Elliott, I.C. (In Press) “Fair and Decent Work in Scotland’s Local Authorities: Evidence and Challenges”, Public Money and Management.
Elliott, I.C. (2020) “The Implementation of a Strategic State in a Small Country Setting - the case of the ‘Scottish Approach”, Public Money and Management.
Elliott, I.C., Fejszes, V. and Tàrrega, M. (2018) “The Community Empowerment Act and localism under devolution in Scotland: The perspective of multiple stakeholders in a council ward”, International Journal of Public Sector Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-03-2018-0080