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Physician Leadership Workshop

Clinical leaders gathered at Bunhill row to discuss engaging doctors in leadership and management of healthcare organisations and how it can improve patient care and organisational performance.

Clinical leaders gathered at Bunhill row to discuss engaging doctors in leadership and management of healthcare organisations and how it can improve patient care and organisational performance.

The day-long Anatomy of Physician Leadership Workshop, was jointly run by Cass and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM).

Dr Amanda Goodall, one of the co-organisers, said: “It was an incredibly stimulating day. We had the full spectrum of healthcare represented – senior clinical leaders, from the NHS and the Cleveland Clinic in the US, many junior doctors, nurses, academics and managers. The physician leadership team at Cass learned a great deal, and we will be working with the FMLM to develop a number of educational and research programmes over the year.”

The workshop presented the evidence for medical leadership, explored efforts to motivate and support doctors into leadership positions, and identified further research opportunities.

One of the speakers, Dr Tony Berendt, Medical Director of Oxford University Hospital, said: “I was keen to come because I think these sorts of discussions are important.”

Another speaker, Professor James Stoller, Chair of the Education Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in the US, agreed – he said the conversation about medical leadership is very important.

“Training in leadership needs to cover three areas: curriculum, mentorship and experience,” he said.

Care Quality Commission National Medical Director Clinical Fellow Dr Alastair Blake said it was a fantastic opportunity to talk about leadership issues.

He said: “There’s a growing body of evidence that having doctors in leadership positions improves organisations. The best way to train doctors is to raise awareness. There is definitely an engagement piece of work to be done.”

More information about the workshop can be found here.

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