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Clinical Leadership: Bridging the Divide

Aims to provide support and inspiration to others whose aim is to build a more unified healthcare system that delivers high-quality care with minimal waste Co-authorship combines the passionate views of junior doctors with the extensive experience of senior leaders

Foreword written by Lord Darzi

Clinical Leadership: Bridging the divide aims to provide a better understanding of the key topics surrounding clinical leadership today and provides practical tips and advice on ways to make your organisation function better to deliver higher quality, more efficient patient care. It was also written in the hope that it will shed light on many of the conundrums of the health service.

Scope and contents

This book is the first to provide a comprehensive and inspiring overview of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective clinical leadership today. It reflects the growing emphasis on quality of care and clinicians' role in building and running great services as outlined in the National Health Services' Next Stage Review.

About the authors

This book is unique in that it is written by junior doctors who are all passionate to develop as leaders, in combination with senior leaders who have extensive experience of leadership. The authors are a group of specialist registrars, selected to participate in NHS London's 2008 'Prepare to Lead' scheme. Through this scheme, each junior doctor was matched with a senior leader from within the NHS who became their mentor. This book presents challenges and lessons they encountered in their efforts to be effective future leaders.


Relevant to clinicians of all professional backgrounds and for health care managers and policymakers

Table of Contents







Clinical leadership the what, why and how David Griffiths, Catherine Sheehan, Safia Debar, Ben Ayres and David Colin

PART 1 Overview of healthcare in Britain – from before the NHS to today

Chapter 1 Medicine before the NHS John Butler

Chapter 2 A brief history of the NHS Nemonique Sam and Benjamin M. Thomas

Chapter 3 The present NHS Erik Mayer, Benjamin Thomas and Paul Corrigan

PART 2 What do you need to know to become an effective clinical leader?

Teamworking and clinical leadership Emma Stanton and Clare Chapman

Chapter 5Personality and leadership Colin Bicknell and Emma Soane

Chapter 6Ethics and clinical leadership Robert Elias

Chapter 7Education and training for clinical leadership Bob Klaber and David Bridle

Chapter 8Stepping outside standard clinical training Claire Lemer

Chapter 9MBA or not? Claire Woolcock

Practical tips for clinicians

Chapter 10Survival skills for leadership Daniel Richard Leff and Penny Humphris

Chapter 11Conflict resolution and negotiation for leadership Priya Agrawal and Leonard Marcus

Chapter 12Developing future clinical leaders Oliver Warren and Ruth Carnall

Chapter 13Leadership and global health Rebecca Syed Sheriff and Andrew J. M. Leather

Chapter 14Clinical leadership: bringing the strands together James Mountford

Some acronyms demystified


ISBN: 9781856423984