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Department of Health 'worst in Government for leadership and strategy'

The Department of Health has been rated the worst Government department for leadership and strategy in a National Audit Office review.

The department scored zero out of four for its ability to 'set direction' by the NAO's Assessment of the Cabinet Office Capability Review.

It was one of only two zero marks received by all 17 departments across 10 measures of performance.

Departments were marked out of four for leadership, strategy and delivery. As well as its zero mark, the Department of Health scored just one for its ability to 'ignite, passion, pace and drive' and two in the other categories for leadership, 'take responsibility for leading and delivering change' and 'build capability'.

Under strategy, the Department of Health scored just one out of four - defined as 'Urgent development area – significant weaknesses in capability for future delivery that require urgent action - for 'basing choices on evidence' and 'focus on outcomes'.

However, the department scored much better under 'delivery', scoring equal highest overall under the three categories of 'plan, resource and prioritise', 'develop clear roles,responsibilities and delivery mode(s)' and manage performance.

Launched in 2005, the Capability Review programme systematically assesses the organisational capabilities of individual departments, allowing departments to be compared.

Overall, Government departments were found to be failing in two thirds of the 170 measures.

Department of Health: worst in Government for leadership and strategy

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