All together now: North West leadership schools

S. Holmes*, Y. Ahmed-Little, B. Brown, M. Moonan, S. Collins, H. Liggett, K. Simpson

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Since 2008, medical trainees in the North West have been running a series of very successful North Western Medical Leadership Night Schools. These are open to all junior doctors with an interest in leadership and management. Feedback is consistently positive; attendees are taking learning back to their own organisations demonstrating a clear appetite for more. Against this backdrop, other health professions had also begun developing the leadership capacity of their own members to deliver a clinical workforce prepared to lead. Various initiatives struggled to attract truly multi-disciplinary participation from junior clinicians. The Medical Leadership School model was therefore extended to create a family of leadership schools. By creating different leadership schools for junior clinicians from different discipline, the specific needs of each group could be met. The overall aims of the leadership schools are to develop capacity and capability within the silos of the individual professions while also creating opportunities to then bring people together. Our leadership schools involve hundreds of junior clinicians across the region, allowing them to commit as much capacity as they can spare. We signpost opportunities for those who are keen to learn more and we work within a specific geographical area so our schools support the development of networks, building bridges at the front line.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Health Care Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


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