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Trainee Leadership Board: learning about NHS leadership
  1. Gerti Stegen1,
  2. Daniel Leveson1,
  3. Susan Llewelyn1,2,
  4. Riccardo De Giorgi1,3
  1. 1 Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  3. 3 Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Riccardo De Giorgi, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX, UK; riccardo.degiorgi{at}


Introduction The development of a new generation of clinical leaders in the NHS has been increasingly endorsed by most recent literature in medical leadership and management. Despite providing academic rationale and argument, however, current training programmes fail to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical leadership and to implement them in practice within medical training curricula.

Methods In Oxford Health National Health Service Foundation Trust, a Trainee Leadership Board programme was offered to a small group of next-generation clinical leaders as an opportunity to learn about current leadership and management in the Trust. This programme provided insights and practical experiences through an integrated educational and experiential approach in resolving a real issue facing the Trust.

Results and conclusion Overall, the programme proved successful in creating a culture of increased interest and promoting change in attitude and behaviour around leadership and management. Time constraints and implementation of change represented significant challenges for the Trainee Leadership Board. However, the programme holds promise for its diffusion across the country.

  • clinical leadership
  • medical leadership
  • management
  • trainees
  • career development

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  • Contributors GS is responsible for the overall content as guarantor. GS, DL and SL planned the study and delivered the programme described. SL and RDG conducted the survey and analysed the findings. GS, SL and RDG wrote the manuscript. RDG submitted the article.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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