Introduction The National Health Service Long Term Plan recognises that excellent quality care requires great leadership. Understanding junior doctor experiences of leadership development can inform organisations to improve trainee leadership skills.
Methods A survey of South West (SW) England trainees was conducted to capture views on leadership and management training.
Results Results came from 190 trainees across both SW deaneries, areas of practice and all training stages. Respondents agreed that leadership skills are important for doctors (n=186; 99%). Lack of time was indicated as a barrier to developing leadership skills (n=139; 75.5%). Audits and quality improvement projects were used for developing leadership skills. Colleagues were the main source of support.
Discussion SW trainees recognise the importance of developing leadership skills, underlining the need to prioritise opportunities for leadership development. Respondents had ideas to improve areas of practice, where ideas were supported, they were implemented.
Conclusion Compared with national findings SW trainee experiences are positive, with more ideas implemented, more time for developing skills and more resources used. Activities engaged in closely aligned to the 70:20:10 model of leadership. Trainees should be encouraged to access support from peers and create networks of opportunity. Additional research in this area is needed.
- clinical leadership
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Contributors SH contributed to the design of study protocol, survey design, literature review, analysis of results and was the main author of the manuscript. SM contributed to the design of the study protocol, survey design and conducted the administration of the survey. SC contributed to the design of the study protocol, survey design, survey distribution, data collection and collation. BB contributed to the design of study protocol, survey design, analysis of results and was an editor of the manuscript. FS-J, contributed to the design of the study protocol, survey design, literature review, development of figures and was an editor of the manuscript. CF and ME contributed to the design of the study protocol and survey design. JT provided project supervision. All authors approved the final version to be published.
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.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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