A tool designed to develop the leadership skills of healthcare professionals has been downloaded more than 50,000 times since its launch in October 2011.
The NHS Leadership Academy’s Self Assessment Tool aims to help clinicians and healthcare staff at all levels to independently and confidentially identify their leadership strengths and weaknesses.
After completing a quick and easy scenario-based questionnaire, the tool instantly generates feedback on where the user’s leadership competencies lie. Development advice is also offered, which is based on the Leadership Framework – the nationally recognised benchmark for effective leadership in healthcare.
The tool, which is available free of charge, consists of a series of multiple choice questions based on leadership qualities, such as ‘working with others’, ‘improving services’ and ‘setting direction’.
After completing the questions, users can choose to generate an ‘action plan’ to develop their skills and are also given access to a range of materials, such as free e-learning modules, to support their skills development.
The offline resource is based on the Leadership Framework, which describes the leadership qualities healthcare professionals need in order to become more actively involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services.
There are three versions of the Self Assessment Tool – the full Leadership Framework, medical and clinical versions. All are available to download on the NHS Leadership Academy’s website at new.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/self-assessment-tools
Dr Penny Newman, GP, and Consultant in Public Health and Primary Care Advisor for NHS Midlands and East, has used the medical version of the Self Assessment Tool in her leadership development. She commented:
“Now more than ever, the NHS and patients need doctors who embrace leadership and who can identify their learning needs against nationally recognised standards. This easy-to-use resource enables users to independently see how their leadership skills fare, and where they can benefit from development.
“It’s a great starting point for anyone interested in leadership and may also help with reflection for appraisal and revalidation purposes.”
About the Leadership Framework
The Leadership Framework (LF) provides a consistent approach to leadership development for all staff in health and care irrespective of discipline, role, function or seniority, and represents the standard for leadership behaviours that all staff should aspire to.
The LF is based on a model of leadership that is often described as shared or distributed leadership, and is especially appropriate where tasks are more complex and highly interdependent – as in healthcare.