We are the leading independent membership organisation for managers and leaders commissioning, delivering and supporting health and care in the UK and across the world, supporting personal and professional development and driving change to improve health and well-being for all through quality management. 

As a community of healthcare managers, we’re working in an increasingly complex and challenging environment. At times like these we need to go back to first principles: ‘why we do what we do’ – to do the very best we can for the people we serve.

There is always room for improvement in the way we work and in how we look after ourselves and our teams. We should regularly hold the mirror up, reflect and take personal responsibility for our continuous professional and personal development.

Our mission here at the IHM is to work with you to identify and provide the resources, support and opportunities you need to be your best selves, connecting with other membership organisations and professional bodies to enable us all to get the very best out of our collective expertise and resources.

Whether you’re a current member or thinking about joining, please contact us today  to let us know how we can support you and your teams to be and to feel at your best.


The IHM works in close partnership with NHS Future-Focused Finance (NHS FFF) and the Academy of Fabulous Stuff . By linking our networks (which include the Value Makers and Fab Ambassadors) and programmes of work we maximise the benefits of collaborative working between professional groups and health and social care sectors.

Our partnership working strengthens the knowledge, experience and professional alliances that already exist within each organisation/group, particularly between finance, clinicians and managers.


Thank you for taking part in our ‘Regulation of Management’ survey. We had a fantastic response !

Results and next steps are coming soon…


Membership of IHM brings real professional benefits developed to meet the changing needs of the healthcare sector.

We welcome anyone with or progressing towards, a management role in an organisation which commissions, provides or supports health and care (in its broadest sense). Our diverse and inclusive membership includes managers from the NHS, social care, public health, private sector, military, charity and voluntary sectors, as well as a thriving overseas representation – across all management levels and disciplines.

Our membership options include reduced rates for students and retired members. We also offer Corporate membership.


Until 31st May 2019 we are offering  all new members full IHM membership at the discounted rate of £70 for the first year.  This offer is available via annual subscription only.

To take advantage of this offer please use the code “SPRING2019” as you checkout.

Join the IHM today!


1st – 8th September 2019

The Institute of Healthcare Management and Coventry University are very excited to offer the trip-of-a-lifetime to Athens, Greece from 1st September until 8th September.

In addition to exploring healthcare challenges and solutions, the trip will provide special insights into crisis management in healthcare. World renowned speakers have been invited to present during our visit and we are graciously supported by the Alliance for Integrated Care, the Municipality of Palaio Faliro, and the Management Science Laboratory of the Athens University of Economics and Business.

During the trip you will visit a poly-clinic delivering free healthcare in Athens and several Greek Islands, where you will learn about their use of telemedicine in delivering healthcare to a small, isolated population.

This unique opportunity will enable you to build transferable skills with a variety of healthcare professionals, to develop practical team-working skills and gain a better understanding of the healthcare through the experiences of healthcare delivery in Greece and around the world.

Please click here to find out more and then express your interest here. 


Give your career a boost with the  IHM Fellowship Programme

  • ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management
  • MSc Global Healthcare Management – Senior Leaders Master’s Degree
  • IHM Senior Manager ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership & Management

The ILM Level 5 Diploma and the MSc are both eligible for the Government Apprenticeship Scheme. At present, the Government Apprenticeship Scheme does not include the Level 7 qualification.

For further details of this exciting personal development programme please click here or contact us for more information.


There’s Room at the Top – a Fast-Track Guide to writing a CV (Bragging with a purpose!)

The NHS is undergoing another big change.

The chances are you will be put in a position where you’ll have to apply for the job you are already doing or perhaps move on. Either way you’ll need a CV – the right CV.

Roy Lilley has produced an easy to read guide to help you produce a tailored CV to get the job of your dreams, or to ensure you keep your existing one!

IHM members can have an exclusive preview of this invaluable guide to CV writing by  clicking here.



Working with our partners, Salix & Co, from 9am each week day you can get a ‘heads up’ on the latest health and social care news, views and events by clicking here.



Over 400,000 people die in hospital every year – every person who dies in hospital is an individual and the way in which NHS staff support  friends and relatives of the bereaved, who are often bewildered, shocked and confused, is so important.  Compassion, respect and dignity must be at the forefront of any support offered.

To help frontline staff and managers, Jules Lewis, Roy Lilley, Jules Lock, Professor Anne Faulkner & Liz Prior have produced a free guide to help everybody understand how they can best support recently bereaved families and friends.

You can download this free guide ‘BEREAVEMENT – A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR NHS MANAGERS INCLUDING 101 QUESTIONS’ by clicking here.

Using AI in NHS diagnosis: apply for funding

The government has announced the availability of up to £240,000  in funding for organisations exploring how AI and machine learning can be used to support limb radiographs in the diagnosis of fractures. Possible improvements include

14 May 2019|


Friday 17th May 2019

A very warm welcome to the hundreds of new members who have joined us over the past few weeks and months.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with three strong and recurrent themes: innovation, improvement and partnership.

As I mentioned in last week’s editorial, I recently had the pleasure of attending clinical entrepreneurs’ event in Cambridge. Wow. If you don’t know about this incredible programme please do take a look via this link. In addition to seeing and hearing about some jaw-dropping innovations, the discussion panels and audience, which included entrepreneurs, used their experiences to highlight ingredients for success as well as the barriers. Note – if you have a passion for healthcare technology you can sign up to the MedTech Campus on Meet Up for invites to similar events.

My key ‘takeaway’ from the event, which resonates with my personal experience, is that the NHS does not do enough to consistently facilitate or enable the adoption of healthcare technology innovations. It’s set up to buy that which is tried and tested, from well established, credit-worthy organisations. Data sharing is still difficult and there is a lack of access to investment funds.

The good news is that we know that there are plenty of passionate and tenacious people like the clinical entrepreneurs, working on healthcare technology innovations, most of whom who will find a way to make it happen – it will, however, take them many years.

As health and social care managers there is certainly more we could do to value innovation; to find some time and space for it and work out ways to enable fast adoption and spread both nationally and within our local communities.

The Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) play a key role in innovation. They connect the NHS, academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, to identify and spread innovation at pace and scale.

Here’s a couple of questions for you.

  • As health and social care communities do we understand enough about and are we sufficiently engaged with our AHSNs to enable us to identify and adopt the healthcare technology innovations that would improve the lives of people in our local communities?
  • Is there more AHSNs could be doing to understand the needs of health and social care communities, to match them with what’s available from Industry and to enable the ‘magic to happen’?

As a membership organisation which spans the public and private sectors, the IHM is well-placed to explore and support the healthcare technology innovation agenda.

If you’re interested in joining our group please e-mail me (details below).

Best wishes


louthwaite@ihm.org.uk; 07545 073181