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Preliminary programme evaluation of the Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellowship
  1. Andrew Pearson1,
  2. Christina Ryan2,
  3. Ronald MacVicar3
  1. 1 Department of Medicine for the Elderly, NHS Lothian, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2 Department of Medicine for the Elderly, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3 Centre for Health Science, NHS Education for Scotland, Inverness, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Pearson, Department of Medicine for the Elderly, NHS Lothian, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH16 4SA, UK; andrew.pearson5{at}


Background The Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellowship (SCLF) is a 1-year programme to help medical and dental specialty trainees develop as future clinical leaders for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. This preliminary programme evaluation combines qualitative and quantitative data from the 2016/2017 SCLF cohort. It will lay the foundation for a future more detailed evaluation study.

Methods Data from written reflections were combined with accounts from a residential day and results of an anonymous survey. The survey considered the various personal development activities of the SCLF and how fellows’ perspectives had changed over the year. Results were thematically analysed.

Results The 2016/2017 cohort comprised 12 doctors. Fellows were left with highly positive views of the SCLF and their ability to influence their NHS organisation on return to practice. Personal reflections were assessed in six different themes, while the lessons fellows identified felt would shape their future clinical careers centred around personal behaviour, how fellows interacted with teams and their organisation, and improved leadership skills in general.

Conclusion This preliminary programme evaluation is the first such exercise completed on the SCLF. The highly positive findings have helped shape the programme for the subsequent cohort and will inform a future more detailed evaluation study.

  • clinical leadership
  • feedback
  • medical leadership
  • trainees

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  • Contributors AP and CR contributed equally to the conception of the evaluation study and drafting of the manuscript. RMV assisted with the conception of the study and review of the manuscript. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests AP and CR were Fellows at the time of the study. RMV has responsibility for the Fellowship and sits on its Programme Board.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement There are further details of the qualitative data collected that are available on request.

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