Assessing the impact of a global health fellowship on pharmacists’ leadership skills and consideration of benefits to the national health service (NHS) in the United Kingdom

Claire Brandish, Frances Garraghan, Bee Yean Ng, Kate Russell-Hobbs, Omotayo Olaoye, Diane Ashiru Oredope*

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Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a global, public health concern that affects humans, animals and the environment. The UK Fleming Fund’s Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) scheme aimed to support antimicrobial stewardship initiatives to tackle AMR through a health partnership model that utilises volunteers. There is evidence to indicate that NHS staff participating in international health projects develop leadership skills. Running in parallel with the CwPAMS scheme was the first Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Global Health (CPhOGH) Fellowship for pharmacists in the UK. In this manuscript, we evaluate the impact, if any, of participation in the CwPAMS scheme and the CPhOGH Fellowship, particularly in relation to leadership skills, and consider if there are demonstrable benefits for the NHS. The 16 CPhOGH Fellows were invited to complete anonymised baseline and post-Fellowship self-assessment. This considered the impact of the Fellowship on personal, professional and leadership development. Senior colleagues were invited to provide insights into how the Fellows had performed over the course of the Fellowship. All Fellows responded to both the pre-and post-Fellowship questionnaires with a return of 100% (16/16) response rate. There was a significant improvement in Fellows’ perception of their confidence, teaching abilities, understanding of behaviour change, management and communication skills. However, there was no change in the Fellows’ attitude to work. Feedback was received from 26 senior colleagues for 14 of the CPhOGH Fellows. Overall, senior colleagues considered CPhOGH Fellows to progress from proficient/established competencies to strong/excellent when using the national pharmacy Peer Assessment Tool and NHS Healthcare Leadership Model. The majority (88%) of senior colleagues would recommend the Fellowship to other pharmacists. The analysis of the data provided suggests that this CPhOGH Fellowship led to the upskilling of more confident, motivated pharmacist leaders with a passion for global health. This supports the NHS’s long-term plan “to strengthen and support good compassionate and diverse leadership at all levels”. Constructive feedback was received for improvements to the Fellowship. Job satisfaction and motivation improved, with seven CPhOGH Fellows reporting a change in job role and five receiving a promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number890
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

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Keywords: Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS); National Health Service (NHS); Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Global Health Fellowship; CPhOGH Fellows; Cw-PAMS; pharmacy; fellowship; health partnerships; antimicrobial resistance (AMR); global health; leadership

Funding Information:
CwPAMS was funded by the Department of Health and Social Care using UK aid funding and is managed by the Fleming Fund. The Fleming Fund is a GBP 265 million UK aid investment to tackle antimicrobial resistance by supporting low-and middle-income countries to generate, use and share data on AMR. The Fleming Fund programme is managed by the UK Department of Health and Social Care. The CwPAMS programme is managed by the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association and the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET). The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS, the represented NHS Trusts, CPA or THET. The CPhOGH Fellowship was funded by Health Education England.

Funding Information:
Running in parallel with the CwPAMS scheme was the first Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Global Health (CPhOGH) Fellowship programme. The CPhOGH scheme was a unique leadership development programme with the aim of cultivating pharmacists as clinical leaders of the future [22]. The development of the fellowship followed a request from Dr Keith Ridge, England’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, recognising the positive impact the scheme could have for NHS staff [7]. In addition, the fellowship supported the participants by broadening their knowledge and understanding of global health. The Fellowship was led by CPA and funded by Health Education England (HEE).

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Keywords

  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Global Health Fellowship
  • Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS)
  • CPhOGH Fellows
  • Cw-PAMS
  • Fellowship
  • Global health
  • Health partnerships
  • Leadership
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • Pharmacy

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