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The shift to collaborative working and integration in the English NHS: developing shared leadership in primary care networks

Steve Willcocks (Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Tony Conway (Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Article publication date: 24 December 2020

Issue publication date: 8 February 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore leadership in the context of the policy shift to collaborative working and integration currently being pursued in the UK NHS. As ways of integrating care are being explored in other countries it can be argued that this topic may have wider policy significance. This paper is particularly concerned with leadership in Primary Care Networks in the English NHS.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is a conceptual paper using literature relating to the antecedents of shared leadership and relevant policy documents pertaining to the English NHS. The paper is informed, theoretically by the conceptual lens of shared leadership. A conceptual framework is developed identifying the antecedents of shared leadership that help to explain how shared leadership may be developed.

Findings

The paper identifies the challenges that may be faced by policymakers and those involved in Primary Care Networks in developing shared leadership. It also reveals the implications for policymakers in developing shared leadership.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is conceptual. It is acknowledged that this is a preliminary study and further work will be required to test the conceptual framework empirically.

Practical implications

The paper discusses the policy implications of developing leadership in primary care networks. This has relevance to both the NHS and other countries.

Originality/value

There is limited research on the antecedents of shared leadership. In addition, the conceptual framework is applied to a new policy initiative.

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Citation

Willcocks, S. and Conway, T. (2022), "The shift to collaborative working and integration in the English NHS: developing shared leadership in primary care networks", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 28-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-07-2020-0049

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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