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Leadership qualification to streamline delivery of New Hospital Programme, government says

Almost 50 senior leaders have graduated from a prestigious leadership programme at Cranfield University’s School of Management.

The graduates have spent the last year studying at the school to fine tune their skills and expertise so patients can benefit from newbuilds being constructed as part of the New Hospital Programme as quickly as possible.

The university’s Project Leadership Programme centres around giving students the tools needed to establish governance structures, monitor performance, implement change management strategies and oversee a successful project delivery in general.

The New Hospital Programme’s senior responsible officer, Natalie Forrest, said: “Congratulations to all who have passed this course. I am delighted that we were able to support so many project directors across England working on New Hospital Programme and trust schemes.

“This is a challenging course and has involved much hard work and dedication on behalf of all the graduates.”

The news shortly follows the government pledge of rebuilding and prioritising five major hospitals in need of urgent repair by the end of the decade as part of the New Hospital Programme, which officials recently confirmed, for the first time, the estimated £20bn that would underpin such overhauls.

The new hospital projects are being developed using more timely and cost-effective methods, with the Department of Health and Social Care expecting more than 20 of the new constructions to be either underway or completed by the end of 2024. Two are already complete and five are currently in construction.

Health minister, Lord Markham, added: “In the long term, our new standardised design means we can rapidly replicate new hospitals across the country, helping speed up construction and improving services for patients as we continue to work to cut waiting lists.”

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