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Leadership: clinical directors need more support, says GMC report

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 14 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5122
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Consultants taking their first steps into leadership as clinical directors are often left to “sink or swim” and need more support, research commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) has found.

Suzanne Shale, a medical ethics consultant, was commissioned by the GMC to study how doctors in senior leadership roles created positive workplace cultures.1 The research was informed by 27 in-depth interviews with participants in senior leadership positions throughout the NHS.

It found that the job of clinical director was one of the most demanding …

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