Background Leadership and management have become a key facet of medical training. However, there remains enormous variation in the quality and effectiveness of medical leadership training. This article describes an innovative pilot programme that aimed to prove a new method of developing clinical leaders.
Methods We undertook a 12-month pilot integrating a doctor in training onto our trust board in a role called the ‘board affiliate’. We collected qualitative and quantitative data throughout our pilot programme.
Results Qualitative data demonstrated a clear positive impact of this role on senior management and clinical staff. Our staff survey results increased from 47.4% to 50.3%. The pilot programme has had such an impact on our organisation that we have expanded the single pilot role into two positions.
Conclusion This pilot programme has demonstrated a new and effective method of developing clinical leaders.
- clinical leadership
- learning organisation
- medical leadership
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Contributors This author solely wrote the manuscript.
Funding This pilot project was supported financially by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust from their Trust Budget.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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