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Moving to the enlightened side: a personal journey to a career in medical leadership and management
  1. Meghana Pandit
  1. Correspondence to Professor Meghana Pandit, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX, UK; Meghana.Pandit{at}uhcw.nhs.uk

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I have been Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and an Executive Director at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire since May 2012 and Deputy Chief Executive Officer since December 2014. I have a Chair at Institute of Digital Health, Warwick University and I am a Senior Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. I thoroughly enjoy my role and have immense pride in the achievements of the team that I lead.

Medical Director roles are complex and require an ability to influence and negotiate with a diverse group of professionals. As CMO, I am often required to investigate and find solutions for ‘wicked problems’. These problems are not only clinical; they could be financial, workforce related or operational. I fully understand the fact that solutions to such problems cannot be achieved unilaterally or in isolation. I recognise that solutions reached by teams who do the work themselves are more likely to achieve transformational change and my role is to facilitate such change.

I decided to become a medical leader in 2008 when I witnessed the adverse effects on a service that lacked credible leadership. I started the transition through initial training in medical leadership at the King’s …

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