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Generic professional capabilities hub: developing leadership and management skills in trainees
  1. Kate Rachel Millar1,
  2. Christopher James2,
  3. Hannah Headon3,
  4. Azka Afzal1,
  5. Joseph Lipton1,
  6. Kirsten Armit4,
  7. Judy McKimm5
  1. 1 Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Gillingham, UK
  3. 3 Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, London, UK
  4. 4 Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, London, UK
  5. 5 Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kate Rachel Millar, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK; katerachel.millar{at}


High quality leadership is key to delivering high standards of patient care. For many reasons, doctors in training are not currently well represented in leadership positions and struggle to access opportunities to develop these skills. As a key cohort within the medical workforce, using existing present opportunities within clinical training programmes would allow them to engage in leadership development and support them to lead on projects within their trusts and make sustainable changes within their own organisation.

Within our anaesthetic department, we designed the Generic Professional Capabilities Hub (GPC hub)—a framework that aims to address some of the barriers to engagement in clinical leadership. Involvement in the GPC hub can be at three different levels, which allows for flexibility around other training needs. Currently, there are seven workstreams within the framework, with trainees being involved through symposia attendance, leading on projects linked to the hub or becoming a trainee workstream lead. We share our learning from setting up this framework, the benefits it brings to trainees and departments, initial evaluation results and our next steps which include regional roll out to four other anaesthetic departments.

  • clinical leadership
  • professionalism
  • management
  • medical leadership
  • curriculum

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  • Contributors KRM, CJ, HH, AA and JL designed and ran the GPC hub at the initial site. JL carried out the initial feedback evaluation and focus groups, with support from KRM. KRM, CJ, HH, AA, JL, JM and KA provided major contributions to writing the manuscript. All authors reviewed and approved the final manuscript.

  • 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.

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