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Clinical leadership category: Enthusing, negotiating, pacifying—all part of a leader’s work

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 07 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:b5620
  1. Cath McDermott and Helen Morant, BMJ Learning

    “Clinical leadership is at the core of delivering a patient led NHS. In order to improve local services it is crucial that the clinicians who deliver these services are instrumental in their transformation.” The words of Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, describe the importance that those at the top of the NHS place on it. It is clear from the entries that we received for the BMJ Group Clinical Leadership award that healthcare professionals in the NHS have risen to the challenge.

    Clinical leadership requires dedication. Clinicians are being asked to respond to a range of challenges: investment is slowing down, and demands for quality, safety, and efficiency are rising. Strategic plans from health authorities and trusts are identifying key areas for service redesign and improvement. Clinical leaders are standing in the gap between management and their clinical colleagues—enthusing, negotiating, pacifying, and challenging are all part of a day’s work.

    Against this background, we reviewed the many excellent submissions, looking for clinicians who have gone “over and above” their normal duties to show excellence in clinical leadership on the frontline. This award is about leadership combined with …

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