Innovation spread and adoption are not solely about deploying products or new approaches; the workforce and their needs and abilities are also key. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic drove a ‘culture of innovation’ across the health and care system, which should be nurtured and maintained as we reset. Staff often cite an increased willingness to share knowledge, experience, stories in relation to culture and leadership, and increased recognition of their role in enabling and sustaining change.
A group of AHSNs came together to collate regional and national work to understand the determinants of leadership and culture in our systems that enabled change at pace during the pandemic and to identify and sustain positive changes for future working. We will now support further cultural change to enable innovation to become a mainstay in working practices.