Letters Rise of the doctor-manager

Management skills need to be systematically learnt

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39303.671481.3A (Published 16 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:317
  1. Sean W O'Kelly, interim medical director
  1. Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4JB
  1. swokelly{at}aol.com

    I share Nicholson's belief that NHS organisations will have an improved chance of dealing successfully with the complex challenges they face if led by people who have substantial personal experience of providing clinical care to patients.1

    However, management skills are not necessarily intuitive. Currently, too many clinicians with management roles rely on innate instinct and gut feeling, honed by variable …

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