Research and analysis

Supporting chief operating officers working in the NHS

Report on the role of chief operating officers (COOs) working within the NHS, including characteristics of the role, available support and next steps.


Supporting the role of the chief operating officer

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Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) surveyed COOs in the NHS to find out more about what the role entails. This report provides a summary of the survey findings.

The main aim of the survey was to gain insight into:

  • characteristics of today’s COOs, including their motivations for taking on the role
  • challenges they face
  • support they have and additional support they would find helpful

In direct response to the feedback we received, we are holding 2 development events to enable COOs to network, engage with speakers on some key topics and also feed back to Monitor and the NHS TDA on their priorities for NHS Improvement. Find out more and sign up here.

Published 2 December 2015
Last updated 4 December 2015 + show all updates
  1. We've added details about 2 events for chief operating officers.
  2. First published.