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Leadership and Management

This guide provides information and links to leadership resources available to KGH Trust staff.

The Knowledge and Library Service have subscriptions to a range of national, regional and locally purchased healthcare and clinical content, and we’d like you to get the most out of each resource.

This guide should help you to use the resources more effectively by providing links, information and advice on the available tools and resources.

Our Leadership Evidence Update is a monthly in depth overview of the latest Leadership and Management research, views and news. Featuring content from the HSJ, Harvard Business Review to industry webinars and TED talks, we aim to bring you the latest sector insights in a concise format every month. For shorter and more frequent updates, we also have a weekly Health Service Management Bulletin

Sign up here and subscribe to them delivered directly to your inbox.

If you have a question regarding anything in this guide, or you are encountering issues accessing any of these resources, then please contact us at [email protected]

Quick links

Links to popular pages and resources:

OpenAthens – How to register for an OpenAthens account and how to access resources using OpenAthens

Books | Journals | Databases – What resources are available from the library and how to search and access those resources

Find the Evidence – This guide examines the benefits of Evidence Based Healthcare, looking at the principles of literature searching with links to resources to help support your decision-making

Books and Journals

Books | eBooks

The library’s collection of print and electronic books cover many areas of healthcare management and policy topics. Our collection is constantly updated in line with user recommendations and the release of new editions.

You must be a member of the library if you wish to borrow a book; Register to join online. Search our catalogue to find the books you need, as well as: check item availability and locations, request or reserve titles and manage your existing loans. We have a book return box, so you can return books at a time that suits you.

Knowledge and Library Hub

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub allows you to search across our library catalogue, journal subscriptions and other library resources. Use this search box to find books, e-books, articles and much more.

You must log in with your OpenAthens account in order to see the full list of results.

Can’t find what you are looking for? We can also borrow books from other NHS libraries on your behalf.

If you can’t find what you are looking for please fill in a book request form. To recommend a book for the collection email the team.


To search for ebooks please search our discovery platform and log in using your OpenAthens login details. Use the limiters on the left-hand side of the results page, under ‘Source Type’ to limit to ‘eBooks’.

Some of our ebook collections can only be accessed via the publisher’s webpages.

Our library has e-books covering a large selection of multidisciplinary medical subjects from industry-leading publishers, all with a user-friendly search experience and a simple chapter download process. See our ebook page to find out more and access our ebook collections

We have some titles on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform available

Books can be viewed online, or downloaded to mobile devices for up to 14 days at at time. Visit our guide to downloading e-books for more information.

We have some titles on the Kortext platform

Books can be viewed online, or downloaded to mobile devices for up to 14 days at a time. Visit our guide to downloading e-books for more information.

Journals | E-journals

Accessing the majority of our Healthcare Management journals can be done anytime, anywhere via the internet. The titles and databases listed below contain some key industry titles. Members can choose to browse all our electronic titles using BrowZine. For assistance and tips on how to successfully navigate and find the resources you need, please contact us.

The Health Management and Policy Database, from the Healthcare Management Information Consortium (HMIC)

KGH Staff have access to the HMIC Database from Ovid.  It brings together the bibliographic database of the Department of Health’s Library and Information Services and King’s fund Information and Library Services. 

You will need to log in via OpenAthens.  Please contact the library to find out more.

If you are looking for a specific article but it is not included in one of our journal subscriptions, please complete the article request form.

Selected Titles

BrowZine is a web app which allows you to search, read, and monitor your favourite journals, making it easier to keep up to date with the latest research in your area of practice. To access our subscription go to http://browzine.com.
Access: NHS OpenAthens account

Browse the collection now for your favourite journals using the BrowZine search function.  

Search e-journals
Databases | Articles | Papers

Databases, Articles & Papers

Articles and papers to support patient care or for research purposes can be found by searching one of the many high-quality bibliographic databases available to KGH staff.

Our A-Z database listing of Health Management and Policy is a good starting point.

For more complex searches and searching to support research

Health Foundation  Best Bet

The Health Foundation is an independent charity, its aim is to improve the health care system and health outcomes through carrying out research and policy analysis.

Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)  Best Bet

The Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) database is a compilation of data from two sources, the Department of Health’s Library and Information Services and King’s Fund Information and Library Service. Coverage includes official publications, journal articles and grey literature on: health service policy, management and administration.
Coverage: 1979 to Present
Access: NHS OpenAthens account

Healthcare Administration Database  Best Bet

ProQuest Health Management is designed to meet the needs of researchers studying the field of health administration. This high-demand healthcare management content provides the most reliable and relevant information on a wide range of topics, including: Hospitals, Insurance, Law, Statistics, Business management, Personnel management, Ethics, Health economics & Public health administration. Coverage for around 800 key journals with over 4,500 Doctoral Dissertations and Theses, ProQuest Health Management provides users with the highest quality content, much of which is not available elsewhere.
Access: NHS OpenAthens account for eligible users

MAH Complete Best Bet

The MAH Complete collection brings together all MA Healthcare titles in nursing, midwifery, allied health and animal health, offering institutions a comprehensive resource to cover a broad range of healthcare settings. It is made up of four sub-collections: Internurse, Intermid, Health Professionals and UK Vet. With access to over 65,000 articles across 31 titles. Access starts from 1992.

Nuffield Trust  Best Bet

The Nuffield Trust is an independent health think tank. By providing evidence-based research and policy analysis its aim is to improve the quality of health care in the UK.

Consumer Health Database

This database covers an enormous range of subjects of value – from sports injuries to women’s health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry. It includes important general medical journals such as The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine as well as a strong selection of consumer and news magazines.
Access: NHS OpenAthens account for eligible users

Health & Medical Collection

ProQuest Health and Medical Complete combines the clinical research titles available in ProQuest Medical Library with hundreds of additional consumer and health administration titles. ProQuest Health and Medical Complete provides in-depth coverage from over 1,500 publications with almost 1,300 available in full text and of these, over 900 include MEDLINE indexing. In addition, the database includes all charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to medical research.
Access: NHS OpenAthens account for eligible users

Health Research Premium CollectionThis database provides access to the latest medical information essential for medical students and researchers. Health Research Premium Collection offers a central access point to a variety of essential medical content. Database date ranges from 1946 – present with access to 7 databases: Consumer Health Database, Health & Medical Collection, Healthcare Administration Database, Nursing & Allied Health Database, Medline, Psychology Database and Public Health Database.
Access: NHS OpenAthens account for eligible users


MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 5,600 current biomedical journals.
Access: NHS OpenAthens account


Ovid MEDLINE® covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,600 journals published world-wide.
Coverage: 1946 – present
Access: NHS OpenAthens account

Public Health Database

This database allows you to search the core literature in the field of public health.
Access: NHS OpenAthens account for eligible users


PubMed comprises over 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health. PubMed also links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources. PubMed is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
Access Free

The King’s Fund

The King’s Fund is an independent charitable organisation which works to shape health care policy and practice in England through research and analysis.

Trip Database

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. Users can search across research articles and papers, images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.
Access: OpenAthens

Knowledge and Library Services provide training in how to effectively search for evidence. See our training pages for more information and to book a 1-to-1 or group training session.

For advice on how to search please see our literature searching guide: https://kghlibrary.koha-ptfs.co.uk/literature-searching-2/

For a comprehensive list of bibliographic and full text databases search the A-Z Databases listing.

Knowledge and Library Hub

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub allows you to search across our library catalogue, journal subscriptions and other library resources. Use this search box to find books, e-books, articles and much more.

You must log in with your OpenAthens account in order to see the full list of results.

Personalised Updates

Keeping up to date

Evidence and current awareness updates can provide highly tailored, individual updates of newly published healthcare information in your areas of interest.

Personalised Evidence Updates

KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates is a personalised current awareness service allowing you to receive new evidence on topics tailored to your requirements. It covers policy documents and a range of summarised evidence, so you won’t be inundated with primary research articles.

Log-in using your OpenAthens details, go to your profile, select edit (the pencil symbol), and specify your areas of interest – you can be as broad or as detailed as you like – and how often you would like to be updated. You can amend these at any time by logging in.  Your evidence update will be configured to ensure you only receive relevant, high-quality information.

If you’re not a library member, please register with the library by using the online form or filling out a registration form available in the library.

Learning, Training & CPD

Learning & Training Resources


Leading well for staff health and wellbeing in the NHS (Free access for 3 weeks): develop your understanding of your own health and wellbeing to better lead and support your colleagues, and organisation.

NHS Leadership Academy

Bite Size Learning: Develop new skills and discover new ways to improve your experience of work with short guides developed by experts.

NHS Leadership Academy

Midlands Leadership Learning Zone

23 eLearning modules complimented by training events and workshops to help you lead your team.

NHS Leadership Academy

Programmes to help you grow as a leader

Our programmes are designed to help everyone in the NHS discover their full leadership potential and achieve the highest standards in health and care.

The King’s Fund

An introduction to leading with kindness and compassion in health and social care

Develop your understanding of how to lead with compassion and kindness within the health and social care sectors. 

Florence Nightingale Foundation

Mary Seacole Leadership Development ProgrammeThe Florence Nightingale Foundation is pleased to partner with The Mary Seacole Trust to provide a leadership development opportunity to nurses, midwives and health visitors who are working to improve health inequalities, particularly in Minority Ethnic communities.


Developing our leaders

Here you will find details on the UHN Leadership programmes.

KGH Knowledge and Library Services: The Leadership Game is a unique group-learning resource that helps individuals and teams explore the complexities of collective leadership in a relaxed and creative environment. 
If you’re interested in borrowing it for CPD or training, or if you have any questions at all, please email the team.  

NHS Leadership Academy

Develop your career. Connect with peers. Grow as a leader

Welcome to the home of health and care leadership development. Our curriculum of programmes, resources and activities bring world-class learning and development to NHS people and partners.

The British Medical Association & Mind

Supporting the mental health of NHS staff:

This PDF guide aims to provide practical advice, hints and tips to help NHS leaders and line managers to create mentally healthy cultures and support better mental health.

The King’s Fund

Building your authority: influencing beyond your role

This programme will enable you to work more effectively in the gap between your commitment and enthusiasm for change and the reality of making things happen within the constraints of your role and wider system priorities.  

The King’s Fund Leadership Development Courses
Building collaborative leadership across health and care organisations
The arrival of integrated care systems has encouraged collaboration and partnership working between organisations from all areas of the health and care system. Our Building Collaborative Leadership programme equips senior leaders from health and care with the skills needed to lead effectively and collaborate across organisations.

The King’s Fund Resource Collection
Leading through Covid-19: supporting health and care leaders in unprecedented times
The health and care system in the United Kingdom has faced a huge challenge over the past two years, placing enormous pressure on health and care staff and unprecedented demands on leaders, wherever they work. We hope that these short resources and shared experiences will offer some help in supporting leaders working in the NHS, social care, public health, local authorities and the voluntary and independent sector.

Harvard Business Review
Coaching Real Leaders
Real life coaching sessions with leaders working to overcome professional challenges.

Blogs | Podcasts | Videos


The King’s fund

Tired of being exhausted: seven key actions for leaders in the NHS workforce crisis

The King’s Fund

Protecting the public and supporting staff: Andrea Sutcliffe CBE on leadership and regulation

The King’s Fund

On Leadership That Leads to Social Justice

The King’s Fund

Developing Clinical Leaders Through Innovation

The King’s Fund

Covid-19: why compassionate leadership matters in a crisis

The King’s Fund

Recovery and then renewal: the innovation imperative for health and care

The King’s Fund

Five tips for successfully leading a primary care network: “We brought together our policy, research, leadership and organisational development expertise to work with PCNs across England and here share our reflections on what seems to help PCNs most…”

The King’s Fund

System Leadership: where can our leaders practise without breaking things?


The King’s Fund: Leading with compassion: supporting the health and wellbeing of NHS staff.

In this new podcast episode our Director of Policy, Sally Warren, sits down with Annie Laverty, Chief Experience Officer at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Steve Ned, Director of Workforce at Barnsley and Rotherham NHS Foundation Trusts, to explore the role of compassionate leadership in supporting the health and wellbeing of staff.

NHS Leadership Academy

Leadership Listens: inspirational podcasts: Leadership Listens’ is a series of curated podcasts for leaders in health and care. This mini-series of podcasts, as part of the ‘Leadership Listens’ series, is all about compassionate leadership and is a collection of conversations between Professor Michael West and leaders from across the health and care sector.

It’s based around Michael’s latest book – Compassionate Leadership: Sustaining Wisdom, Humanity and Presence in Health and Social Care published in 2021 by Swirling Leaf Press.

Digital Health Unplugged: Diversity in Digital Leadership

In this episode we take a look at diversity in digital leadership with the Shuri Network.

CEO Series: Ursula Burns on Leading with Authenticity at Xerox 

“Ursulat Burns, CEO of Xerox from 2009 to 2916, rose from humble beginnings to become the first Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. In this interview with HBR editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius, she talks candidly about the frequent challenges and occasional advantages of bein “the only” and explains why organizations needs to do a better job or promoting both economic and racial equality…”


Watch talks from the Digital Leaders Sessions On-Demand

NHS SCW Support

Why Fika? Thought-provoking conversations with game-changing leaders.

What Makes a Leader? GP trainee, Dr Nish Manek, on getting people behind a purpose.

Coaching Real Leader

Real-life coaching sessions with leaders working to overcome professional challenges.

Women at Work: Too Shy to Be a Leader

A conversation with psychologist Alice Boyes and the hosts of Women at Work about shyness and leadership

WeWork Cofounder Miguel McKelvey: Blind Spots in Leadership

What we can learn from WeWork about building diverse, equitable, and inclusive company cultures.

Why Learning to Label your Feelings Makes You a Better Leader

Yale psychologist Marc Brackett explains the importance of understanding your emotions at work.

HSJ Health Check podcast

A weekly podcast featuring in depth analysis of UK health policy and leadership brought to you from the HSJ.

Seeing Ourselves as Leaders

We discuss the process of becoming a leader, from convincing ourselves to convincing our colleagues.


The King’s Fund: What Can Health and Care Leaders In England Learn From Examples Around The World:

“As part of our work with integrated care systems, supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement, we spoke with Göran Henriks, Chief Executive of Learning and Innovation, Qulturum, Jönköping County, Sweden, about becoming a learning organisation that partners with its patients.”

TEDx Talk: Bridging the Leadership Divide by Zahra Abdul Gaffar

“Years of research suggest that women’s leadership styles might be different and beneficial. Zahra’s talk considers how countries with female heads of state such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, and Slovakia have been internationally recognised for the effectiveness of their response to the pandemic and how women are showing the world how to navigate global challenges with compassion and decisiveness.”

TEDx Talk: The Invisible Leader by Vitale Lafaele

“When Vitale found himself in charge of a hostage situation in Auckland, he had two choices – follow orders which he believed would endanger the lives of the hostages or go against protocol and authorize his team to use explosives to save everyone. In the aftermath, his examination of why his team stuck with him when it mattered most, led him to unpack the meaning of true leadership.”

TEDx TALK: Rethinking Leadership by Sean Constable

“What would leadership look like if we started talking about it in a different way? What if leadership wasn’t about “success” but about something simpler, and more profound? Sean explores the question “How do we talk about leadership differently?” and how asking this simple question may change everything we think we know about leading others…”

Harvard Business Review: A New Leadership Model for the Future of Business and Work:

“Introduces a new leadership playbook for the future of work and business – one that contributes to the common good, and one that serves the needs of all stakeholders. The key.. is for leaders to pursue a noble pupose, put people at the centre of the business, create an environment where every employee can blossom, and treat profit as an outcome, not the goal…”

TEDx Talk: The Rigged Test of Leadership

The glass cliff: an experience of taking on a leadership role only to find that your chances of success have been limited before you’ve even begun. Equality activist Sophie Williams explores the research-backed reasons behind this workplace phenomenon and how it overwhelmingly affects underrepresented groups, despite a facade of progress and inclusion. Learn more about the biases and behaviors that set people up for failure — and what can be done to make the path to success in leadership better for everyone.

4 Lessons the Pandemic Taught Us About Work, Life And Balance:

“The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work for good. Can it also change it for the better? Consultant Patty McCord reviews four key insights employers and employees alike gleaned from their shift to working from home — and shares how companies can use what they learned in lockdown to creatively and innovatively rethink how we do business.”

Jane Goodall on Leadership Lessons from Primates:

“Have you ever felt your work colleagues sometimes act like animals? In this conversation, Jane and Adam take that idea literally, exploring what Jane’s expertise on chimp behavior can teach us about how humans relate and organize. With grace and wisdom, Jane shares primal insights on how we acquire and keep power, the difference between being a leader and being a boss, and the role of patience in making discoveries and making a career. (Audio Only) “

How your Brain Responds to Stories – and Why They’re Crucial for Leaders

In this Ted Talk, leadership consultant Karen Eber demystifies what makes for effective storytelling and explains how anyone can harness it to create empathy and inspire action.

How Vulnerability Makes you a Better Leader

In this brave, personal talk, she gives an honest look at the constraints women face when trying to adapt to a male-dominated business culture — and shares how she developed the courage and vulnerability to lead as her complete, raw self.

6 Essential Lessons for Women Leaders

In a rich conversation full of practical insights, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reflect on their experiences as women leaders in positions of global power — and share six standout lessons on what it takes to lead and build solidarity in the face of gender bias and stereotypes.

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