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Clinical leadership training: an evaluation of the Welsh fellowship programme

Phillips, Suzanne ORCID: and Bullock, Alison ORCID: 2018. Clinical leadership training: an evaluation of the Welsh fellowship programme. Leadership in Health Services 31 (2) , pp. 226-237. 10.1108/LHS-06-2017-0038

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Background These days doctors are required not only to be clinically proficient, but also motivate teams, influence service delivery and improve patient care. In the UK, Fellowship schemes have been set up to address a low level of engagement of doctors with leadership roles. Established in 2013, the Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellowship (WCLF) programme aims to recruit aspiring future clinical leaders and equip them with knowledge and skills to lead improvements in healthcare delivery. Aim Our aim was to evaluate the 12-month WCLF programme in its first two years of operation. Focused on the participants (n=8), we explored expectations of the leadership programme, reactions to the academic component (provided by Academi Wales) and learning from workplace projects and other opportunities. Method We adopted a qualitative approach, collecting data from four focus groups, 20 individual face-to-face or telephone interviews with fellows and project supervisors, and observation of Academi Wales training days. Results Although from diverse specialties and stage in training, all participants reported the Fellowship met expectations. Fellows learned leadership theory, developing understanding of leadership and teamwork in complex organisations. Through workplace projects, they applied their knowledge, learning both from success and failure. The quality of communication with fellows distinguished the better supervisors and impacted on project success. Conclusion The WCLF programme addresses both the need for leadership theory (through the Academi Wales training) and the application of learning through the performance of leadership roles in the projects.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1751-1879
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 5 March 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 01:40

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