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. 

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 Institute of Healthcare Management has partnership agreements with the following membership organisations:

It is the mutual aim of the Institute and each partner membership organisation to promote and support excellence in healthcare and by working together we can achieve more and therefore make greater progress.

Where opportunities arise, the IHM and each of the above organisations have agreed to work together to share access to activities and resources which support our members and their professional communities. This will, for example, include:

  • Events, workshops & conferences
  • On-line webinars, podcasts & videos
  • Focus groups, research reports & insights / analysis
  • Education programmes & exchanges
  • Networking events for the purpose of learning & understanding

The partnership agreements recognise the independence of each organisation and seek to create an environment of working together to achieve better health and social care.

For further information please contact: contact@ihm.org.uk


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.


Our Spring 2019 membership offer  proved so popular that we would like to repeat it over the summer months.

Therefore up until 31st August 2019 we are offering  all new members Full or Associated IHM membership at the discounted rate of £70 for the first year when choosing the yearly payment option.

The IHM is going from strength to strength with 500 new members having joined us in the last 3 months alone.  So why not join us today and start enjoying the benefits your membership can bring?

To take advantage of this offer please use the code “SUMMER2019” as you checkout.

IHM Members – is your contact information up to date?

Holding accurate and complete contact information for you will enable us to manage your membership efficiently and to provide you with the resources and services you need to be your best selves.

Please click here to find out how to check and update your profile!


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 8am each week day you can get a ‘heads up’ on the latest health and social care news, views.

CLICK HERE for the IHM Daily Health & Social Care News




CEO’s Editorial – 16th August 2019

A big theme for me this week has been choice – something celebrated and encouraged by our society, because it gives us the ability to customise things to meet our needs.

Have you heard about ‘Overchoice’ ? It’s where decision making becomes too difficult because there are too many options. Alvin Toffler introduced the concept of ‘Overchoice’ in his book ‘Future Shock’, noting that as the choice turns to ‘overchoice’, ‘freedom of choices’ becomes an “unfreedom”. More choice also increases the time taken to make decisions and from an economic perspective there are the additional costs associated with offering multiple choices.

It was being overloaded with travel options that got me thinking about this. Shall I drive or take public transport? What route should I take? What time shall I go? I even got to the point where I had 3 different Sat Nav apps I could choose from! A classic case of ‘overchoice’.

Our world of health and social care is full of choices, for both the professionals working in it and those receiving services. We deal with this in several ways, including through standards and standardisation.

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of visiting one of our IHM members, Squadron Leader Jen Hutton at the Tactical Medical Wing (TMW) (there is also a great CBBC ‘Operational Ouch’ video about their work !) – the operational hub for RAF medical services. One of the ‘stand out’ points of the visit for me was how much standardisation is used within TMW, in order to respond in a timely and effective way to very challenging situations. More, I would say, than is used in NHS and wider public sector. We’ll be working with Jen and colleagues to bring you thoughts about how we can do some ‘cross sector’ sharing and learning in the future.

Thursday was the first time I attended the British Standards Institute’s Healthcare Organization Management Committee, which I’ve just joined to represent our IHM membership.  As many of you will know, its purpose is to use standards to embed excellence in the way people and products work. We’ll soon be providing some information and a webinar about BSI, including how it links into the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) and the role we can play to support this work.

There is a balance to be had between freedom to choose and standardisation. How can we best decide where this balance lies? By focusing on value. Weighing up the resources needed (money, time, effort) against the outcomes delivered. Does the outcome delivered through personalisation/customisation warrant the resource it will take? Essentially, is it worth it?

My focus this weekend will be on how I can use ‘value’ more to help me decide what to standardise and where to apply my energy in considering options. I don’t think I’ll be going to the extreme of having 5 identical workday outfits, but I’m sure that there are things I can change so I’m not unnecessarily using time making ‘low value’ decisions.

Wishing you a reflective, restful and enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes