By Maxine Myers
The Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) Leadership Development Programme is a unique course that will equip senior clinicians with the leadership skills needed to operate effectively at board level and to address key management challenges facing the healthcare system over the next five to ten years.
The programme was developed by Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) in collaboration with the Business School’s Executive Education programme and was launched at an Imperial reception that took place on Thursday 14 September.
The course supports the government’s wider plan to recruit more clinicians into management roles so they can bring their expertise on clinical care and influence how hospitals are managed. Only 54 per cent of managers in NHS hospitals are clinicians- compared to 74 per cent in Canada and 94 per cent in Sweden.
Speaking at the launch event, Professor Jonathan Weber, Director of Imperial College AHSC, said: “I am pleased to welcome the first cohort of clinical staff to this exciting new initiative. We have produced a bespoke programme in collaboration with the business school to help our clinical leaders across the AHSC be influential, effective and motivating leaders. This will help us to deliver high-quality patient care and tackle the upcoming challenges facing our hospitals. This programme is a clear example of the AHSC’s mission to utilise the strengths of Imperial’s facilities, and combine it with the critical mass of our NHS partners in order to deliver excellence in research, education and patient care. Our first participants have already demonstrated excellence within their areas and I am looking forward to seeing how they develop during the programme.”
The first cohort of twenty one clinicians from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, have been selected to take part in the one-year programme which will conclude with a graduation ceremony in May 2018.
The programme consists of six modules and will be delivered by academics at the business school. Some of the topics that participants will learn about include how to be influential on boards, how to lead teams effectively and how to foster a high performing innovative culture.
There will also be opportunities for participants to receive practical experience by attending board meetings, shadowing senior board members and receiving three sessions of one on one coaching.
Participants will also work collaboratively on a real-time strategic or operational business project.
Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School, said: “A key mission of Imperial College Business School is to inspire and develop brilliant minds to be future leaders of business and society. Our Executive Education programmes encourage individuals to unpick current thinking and embrace bold new ideas. The AHSC Leadership Development Programme is a clear example of this. It will provide participants with the skills, resources and networks to be highly effective and performing leaders when they return to their organisations, which could lead to positive outcomes for staff and patients.”
Ian Dalton CBE, Chief Executive, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted to support this unique leadership programme. Healthcare is changing hugely and high-quality healthcare depends on clinicians being supported and enabled to take on the most senior leadership roles. This programme has the potential to identify the NHS leaders of tomorrow and equip them to have a positive impact on patient care, experience and outcomes.”
Cally Palmer CBE, CEO, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As the complexity of delivering healthcare increases, so does the need to develop and deliver answers to these challenges through collaboration across organisational and professional boundaries. Clinical leaders are vital in providing effective leadership within an organisation and beyond. This programme provides a great opportunity for learning and collaborations across our NHS trust partners. I hope that this programme inspires our participants and that more of our senior clinical staff consider joining this programme.”
Bob Bell, Chief Executive, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Clinical leaders bring vital experience and important perspectives to the boardroom and beyond; our own management committee operates with a 50% clinical representation. I encourage all clinicians who wish to pursue leadership roles within the AHSC to seriously consider this programme and the opportunity it presents to learn with our partners and Imperial College Business School.”
Providing development opportunities for clinical staff is a key mission of Imperial AHSC, a joint initiative between Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. It aims to transform healthcare by turning scientific discoveries into medical advances to benefit local, national and global populations in as fast a timeframe as possible.
Originally published by Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre.