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Top NHS Trusts To Help Failing Hospitals
NHS hospitals given top marks for patient care and safety will be "buddied" up with poorly performing ones under new plans.
In the latest attempt to turn around failing trusts, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will later set out what is being billed as tough new approach.
Some 11 trusts were put into "special measures" following the Mid-Staffs scandal and Keogh Review which looked at 14 NHS trusts with high mortality rates.
It is thought senior managers and doctors at successful trusts will be handed bonuses if they improve standards at the twinned sites.
The plan echoes moves in the education sector, where "super-heads" were sent in to overhaul the worst schools in the country.
Amid fears about the effect on front-line staff, Labour said the struggling hospitals needed more nurses on the grounds instead of a "management solution".
Mr Hunt told Sky News people at the "good hospitals" would be back-filled to ensure their resources are not affected as they provide support elsewhere.
The Health Secretary will also this morning reveal details of the NHS Leadership Programme, which could see future health bosses sent to Harvard for training.
The programme aims to transform the top tier of health service managers and staff into star performers.
Health bosses want three quarters of recruits to be current NHS staff, and will appeal to senior doctors, nurses, managers and high-fliers to apply.
The remaining quarter will be brought in from industry.
Mr Hunt said: "If we want this country to be a world leader, we need a world-leading health service led by the very brightest and best, so I am ambitious about seeking out fresh talent wherever we can find it.
"Mediocre management and lack of clinical leadership were key contributors to the tragedy at Mid Staffs.
"We are determined to learn that lesson, and train strong leaders to drive up standards across the NHS through this cutting-edge programme."
A health source said: "This won't be existing chief executives given remedial training and it won't be recent graduates or youngsters showing promise.
"These are senior clinical people in the NHS and high-fliers who want to get to the top."
The 10-month long programme, run by the NHS Leadership Academy, will start in the spring. It is thought £10m a year will be spent on it.
Eight weeks of the course will be held at a leading business school with discussions ongoing with UK business schools and Harvard in the US, insiders said.
The programme also includes a six-month posting to a top-performing NHS Trust, with the recruits in a job and receiving a salary.