1 December 2021

Supporting named leads for health inequalities on NHS boards

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increasing reliance in the NHS on the ‘named lead’ – a policy exercise whereby an individual, usually at board level, is nominated to lead on a priority area of work. The theory is that making an individual responsible for change will create a sense of more focused attention and provide committed leadership. However, critics of the ‘named lead’ policy might describe it as tokenistic, a hollow gesture designed to convey importance without delivering tangible change. This is evident where, despite being tasked with changing things, these individuals are often afforded no additional time or budget to do so.This report draws on a longer study we commissioned from The King’s Fund (Chauhan et al 2021).

Read the full report in PDF format here.