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Welcome to BMJ Leader
  1. Stephen H Powis1,2,
  2. James Mountford2,3
  1. 1 Centre for Nephrology, University College London, London, UK
  2. 2 Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3 UCLPartners, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Stephen H Powis, Centre for Nephrology, University College London, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2PF, UK; s.powis{at}

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A warm welcome to BMJ Leader, the official journal of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM). Since its inception in 2011, FMLM has endeavoured to promote excellence in clinical leadership. The creation of BMJ Leader is an important next step in realising that aim. As the inaugural editorial team, it has been our privilege to shape the new journal, and we are excited now it has become a reality.

We are launching the journal at a time of great challenge — and equally of great opportunity — across all health systems in both high-income and low/middle income countries. Ageing populations with an increasing burden of chronic disease are placing ever-increasing strains on healthcare during a period of great economic pressure and uncertainty. Scientific progress continues to drive costs upward, and populations rightly have ever-higher expectations of their health systems. Technology and social factors are changing the relationship between citizens and health professionals, impacting what people seek from healthcare and how they interact with the system. The …

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