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Improving medical leadership
  1. Neil Douglas
  1. Correspondence to Professor Sir Neil Douglas, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, London, UK; N.J.Douglas{at}ed.ac.uk

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The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) is delighted to be launching our new journal BMJ Leader in conjunction with the BMJ. This is a major step in the establishment of the Faculty as a key organisation in the promotion of high quality healthcare delivery. Clinical care has for years improved by establishing and following a clear evidence base for better practice. One of the key roles of BMJ Leader will be to facilitate the publication of such evidence so that best practice in leadership and management in healthcare can be shared both across the four healthcare systems in the UK and internationally.

The Faculty was launched by all the UK medical royal colleges in 2011 with the principal aim of improving the medical input to managing healthcare in the UK. Achieving this single aim requires a range of changes in the attitudes, behaviour and training of doctors.

More high quality medical graduates need to be inspired to choose medical management for their career. Few young doctors currently aspire to be medical directors or hospital chief executives; they are much more likely to target becoming a successful academic or clinical innovator. The NHS England Clinical Fellows Schemes run by the FMLM and now echoed across all four …

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