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Feature BMJ Awards 2014

Clinical leadership team award

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2051
  1. Adrian O’Dowd, freelance journalist
  1. 1London, UK
  1. adrianodowd{at}

The Clinical Leadership Team award recognises a clinical team that exemplifies the qualities of clinical leadership. Adrian O’Dowd describes the innovations to patient care made by the candidates

The teams nominated for the clinical leadership award have all made demonstrable improvements in care for patients while also increasing the effectiveness of the healthcare professionals within the team. Clinical teams have shown leadership in innovation in ways of working and a commitment to evaluation of their work and communication of results.

Entries to this category focused on projects that have been active in 2013 and proved to be effective, backed up by evidence that they have been successfully adopted and taken up by a wider group.

Compassionate conversations, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Making sure the whole healthcare team understands and appreciates the role of everyone on the team is vital at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust in Merseyside—an effort that has been boosted by the trust’s Compassionate Conversations initiative.

The trust has brought psychology and clinical staff together in various projects, one of which is a monthly whole hospital event to help support staff and build resilience and intergroup relationships.

At the events, called compassionate conversations, staff are invited to discuss, in confidence, what they do or how they cope at work and focus on the positive aspects of everyone’s job. Attendees are invited to reveal something they are proud of and describe how they are able to do it, followed by discussions based on predetermined themes such as unexpected death and catastrophic clinical error.

The ultimate aim of the initiative was …

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