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Assessment of leadership development in the medical undergraduate curriculum: a UK consensus statement
  1. Tim Swanwick1,2,
  2. Judy McKimm3
  1. 1 NHS Leadership Academy, NHS Improvement, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
  2. 2 Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, London, UK
  3. 3 Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tim Swanwick, NHS Leadership Academy, NHS Improvement, Leeds LS1 4BJ, UK; tim.swanwick{at}


With the increasing prominence of leadership within the medical undergraduate curriculum, assessment becomes a significant issue. In the absence of evidence to support specific strategies, tools or approaches, faculty from universities across the UK came together in October 2019 in a workshop convened by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. The workshop aimed to develop a collective view on the assessment of leadership development in the medical undergraduate curriculum. This resulting consensus statement was generated around five prompts: why, what, how, when and who? In addition to the statement’s key messages, several questions for further exploration were defined. See Box 1.

  • assessment
  • clinical leadership
  • development
  • leadership assessment
  • student

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  • Contributors Both authors conceived the workshop, facilitated the discussion and produced a first draft of the statement. Following feedback from participants, both authors contributed to the revised statement and collaborated on subsequent responses to editorial comments.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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