Chief Transformation Officer, Horizons Group, NHS England. Seeking out ideas, learning and connections to help large scale change in health and care. Helen Bevan has been a leader of large scale change in the English National Health Service for more than 20 years. She led the groundbreaking “Business Process Reengineering” transformation programme at The Leicester Royal Infirmary in the 1990s. As a result, she was asked to become a national leader of initiatives to improve patient access to NHS care for which she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2001. Helen has been at the forefront of NHS improvement initiatives that have made a difference for thousands of patients ever since. She introduced the first nationwide collaborative programmes to improve the delivery of cancer care across England in 2000. She designed the highly influential “Ten High Impact Changes for Service Improvement and Delivery” in 2004 and conceived the impactful “Productive Series”, starting with “The Productive Ward” in 2007. In 2010, Helen’s team launched a call to action, utilising social movement leadership principles, which contributed to a 51% reduction in prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia across the country. Helen initiated NHS Change Day, in partnership with a group of young clinical and managerial leaders in 2012. NHS Change Day 2014 was the largest ever voluntary collective action for improvement in the history of the NHS with more than 700,000 pledges made to take action to improve experience and outcomes for patients. NHS Change Day also won the global “Leaders Everywhere” challenge run by Harvard Business Review and McKinsey. NHS Change Day and another initiative Helen conceived, The School for Health and Care Radicals, are currently included in “Britain’s 50 new radicals” list sponsored by The Observer. Helen Bevan is acknowledged globally for her expertise in large scale change and ability to translate it into practical action and deliver outcomes. She provides advice, guidance and training on transformational change to leaders of health and care systems across the world. In 2008, the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service, Helen was recognised as one of the 60 most influential people in the history of the NHS.



How organisations develop activists: civic associations and leadership in the 21st century by Hahrie Han

Download the first chapter for free here: Buy the book here: This is my favourite leadership/change book of the last twelve months (and I have read a lot of books). There is so much insight contained in its chapters for system leaders and change activists. Increasingly in our health and care world, leaders […]

Scrap the programme – this is an era for change platforms

Our second talk featured a webinar by Helen Bevan discussing  ‘Scrap the programme – this is an era for change platforms’. This took place 3 July 09:30 – 11am (GMT +1). Resources: Full recording – Slides – Transcript – Chat – Storify from Friday – Storify for Wednesday to appear […]

December: Empowering people to be heard and helping leaders to listen as part of creating the #AHPsMandate

Across England, Allied Health Professions have co-created a vision of how, with collective action, our nation will be different if all AHPs are used effectively in the health, social and wider care system. In England, AHPs comprise 12 professional groups; art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, orthoptists, prosthetists and orthotists, paramedics, physiotherapists, […]

Building and aligning energy for change – A review of published and grey literature, initial concept testing and development

We are delighted to make this important review of literature and practice on “energy for change” available to healthcare leaders. This is the first of a series of resources that we are sharing, which we hope will help leaders ignite and fan the flames of energy for change and thereby achieve their health and healthcare improvement goals more quickly, […]

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