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 Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), NHS Future-Focused Finance (NHS FFF) and the Academy of Fabulous Stuff have formally agreed to work in partnership, by linking their networks (which include the Value Makers and Fab Ambassadors) and programmes of work together to maximise the benefits of collaborative working between professional groups and health and social care sectors.      

This will strengthen the knowledge, experience and professional alliances that already exist within each organisation/group, particularly between finance, clinicians and managers. 

The next step is for the groups to meet together to explore immediate and longer term opportunities and to then agree how these will be delivered.



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

Members are welcome from 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!

IHM Management and Regulation Survey 2019 – closes Friday 19th April 2019

You will remember that in 2018, in advance of the report from the Kark Review of the ‘fit and proper person’s test’, we conducted a survey on Management and Regulation.

Now that the findings of the Kark Review have been published, recommending the ‘regulation of management’, to capture your views, please complete the following survey by clicking on the link below and encourage colleagues to do so too.


Your collective views will enable us, as the membership body for health and social care managers, to influence and shape how health and social care management is both regulated and supported.

Any problems, please let me know.

Many thanks



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

First two are eligible for the Government Apprenticeship Scheme. 

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.



The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) accelerates uptake of high-impact innovations for the benefit of the population, patients, and NHS staff.  It also provides real-time practical insights on spread to inform national strategy. The NIA is

12 April 2019|


For many of us, the Easter weekend gives us some golden time to unwind and to reconnect with our families and friends. And the weather is looking fabulous too!

If we’re able to grab some ‘me’ time, it’s also a great opportunity to focus on our personal growth. Building on our compassionate leadership theme from last week, here’s some ‘food for thought’.

I’d like to introduce you to SAM, who I got to know some years ago on a local health and social care system development day for leaders.

As described in last week’s editorial, there are four key dimensions for compassionate leadership: attending – listening with fascination; understanding what others are facing; empathising; helping.

In their book ‘The Outward Mindset’ the Arbinger Institute reports that “the biggest lever for change is not a change in self-belief but a fundamental change in the way one sees and regards one’s connections with and obligations to others.” They introduce us to a 3-stage approach, SAM, which provides us with a framework to put this into action: See the needs, objectives and challenges of others; Adjust your efforts to be more helpful to others; Measure and hold yourself accountable for the impact of your work/actions on others.

SAM is built on the premise that we have two choices in how we behave towards people; to treat them as a person (with humanity) or as an object (someone getting in our way or there to fulfil a need with have). Through our own behaviour, we teach people how to treat us. We lead by example.

To help us become compassionate leaders and deliver compassionate services, SAM can be a great addition to our toolkit.

Why not take SAM ‘out and about’ with you over the long weekend and see how you get on?

Wishing you all a restful, enjoyable and sunny Easter weekend.


Loretta Outhwaite

Chief Executive (Interim)

louthwaite@ihm.org.uk; 07545 073181