NHS Leadership Academy welcomes 2012 Clinical Leadership Fellowship intake

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Eighty clinical professionals from NHS organisations around the country were welcomed on board the NHS Leadership Academy’s flagship clinical leadership programme, on Friday (7th September).

The Clinical Leadership Fellowships aim to support the transformation of leadership in the NHS by offering clinical professionals the opportunity to develop leadership skills through a structured learning and experiential programme.

It is run on a part-time basis over nine months in the Fellows’ own organisation and in conjunction with their existing clinical roles. The programme is grounded with a real-time, work-based service improvement project, which can involve anything from making patient pathways more efficient to improving patient treatment with new technology.

The 2012 Fellows were welcomed at a special event held last Friday (7th September), in Birmingham. As well as the new Fellows, the event was attended by the graduating 2011 Fellows, and high profile speakers including NHS Chief Executive and Chief Executive of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority Sir David Nicholson, Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy  Jan Sobieraj and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health Anna Soubry MP.

Sir David Nicholson took the opportunity to reiterate the massive opportunity the Fellows have to reshape healthcare for patients.

He said; “We now have an opportunity like no other to get clinical leadership right.  The new NHS system gives pride of place to clinical leadership, putting clinicians in the driving seat to shape healthcare and improve patient outcomes. Leadership is a special skill and we will not get the right quality and quantity of clinical leaders by accident.

“The Clinical Leadership Fellowship is vital because it helps to give clinicians the skills they need to make the most of their knowledge and experience in leadership roles, giving us the transformational leaders we need to steer health and care services into the future.”

Jan Sobieraj, Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy, said “The NHS now needs clinical professionals who think innovatively, have a burning ambition to lead change and who want to improve services and outcomes for patients.

“The strength of the Clinical Leadership Fellowship programme is that it gives participants the tools and knowledge to do just this, in the real word. It is structured around academic learning but very much grounded by a real-time service improvement project.

“I welcome the 2012 Fellows on board and wish them every success on their leadership development journey.”

The Fellows will be expected to commit 48 days to the programme, 18 of which will be dedicated to designing and implementing their work-based service improvement project. Projects will be based on the principles of Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme and the Fellows will also work towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Service Improvement.

Please note – We have available quotes from the 2012 Fellows (including doctors, nurses and medical scientists) about their acceptance on the programme and what they hope to achieve in their service improvement projects. Please get in touch with us if you would like a quote.