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Cass launches new Executive Masters at the King’s Fund

New course aims to equip and inspire future medical leaders

by Amy Ripley (Senior Communications Officer)

Cass Business School has launched a new Executive Masters in Medical Leadership at the King’s Fund in London.

The launch, introduced by Professor Marianne Lewis, Dean of Cass, brought together senior clinicians, academics and healthcare leaders for a panel discussion: “Healthcare led by doctors: What will it look like?”

Speakers included:

  • Dr Peter Lees, Chief Executive and Medical Director, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, Honorary Visiting Professor, Cass (Chair)
  • Professor Steven Haberman: Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance and former Dean, Cass
  • Professor Jacky Hayden CBE: President Academy of Medical Educators
  • Dr Rajesh Nadkarni: Executive Medical Director, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Daghni Rajasingam: Head of Service Obstetrics, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Claire Shannon: Consultant Anaesthetist, Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust

Dr Daghni Rajasingham leads the panel discussion

Executive Masters will enhance leadership and knowledge

The Executive Masters is specifically designed to help enhance the leadership and knowledge of successful senior doctors.  It aims to equip doctors with the high-level skills they need to improve their organisation’s performance and, ultimately, people’s health.

The two-year part-time course, the first medical leadership degree exclusively for doctors at a UK business school, is designed to fit around doctor’s busy schedules.

Course inspired by research

Course Directors Dr Amanda Goodall and Dr Amit Nigam said the course was inspired by their own research on expert leadership and organisational change, which is associated with improved organisational performance in healthcare.

“However, unlike most generic healthcare management masters, our business school programme targets doctors.  What we teach is evidence-based and draws on our own research and case studies, as well as expert knowledge,” said Dr Nigam.

Dr Amit Nigam

Course comes at crucial time for healthcare sector

Dr Goodall said the course came at a crucial time for the healthcare sector and would empower doctors to navigate the complex regulatory and health policy environment and understand the positive impact good leaders can make.

“Now, more than ever, the UK needs strong medical leadership.  It is time to empower doctors to step forward and take control of the leadership and management of their organisations,” she said.

Dr Amanda Goodall

Valued support from FMLM

The Executive Masters is supported by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM).

Mr Peter Lees, FMLM Chief Executive and Medical Director, said:

“As the UK professional home of medical leadership, the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) is delighted to support the launch of the Cass Executive Masters in Medical Leadership programme.  Given the crucial link between good leadership and the quality of care and outcomes patients’ experience, it is vital we offer high quality programmes to support doctors to develop their leadership knowledge and skills.”

Find out more

Dr Amanda Goodall is available for interview and further comment on medical leadership.

Find out more about the Executive Masters in Medical Leadership here. Components of the degree are also available through Cass Executive Education.

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