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Department of Health & Social Care - An independent report setting out the barriers and enablers for clinicians moving into senior leadership roles within the NHS

This report sets out the findings of a review carried out by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) and commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) at the instruction of Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP. This followed a speech by the Secretary of State in November 2016 that broadly asked the question: how can we increase the numbers of clinical professionals taking up the most senior leadership roles in the NHS? Leading on from this, was a further query as to whether professional regulation is a factor in this area.

To inform the review, FMLM established a steering group with representatives from the main regulatory bodies and senior NHS clinicians. It then commissioned a high-level review of relevant literature and spoke to a wide range of senior and some less senior clinicians from professions from across the UK including medicine, nursing, allied health professions, biomedical science and pharmacy.
These discussions covered five core questions: 

  • What do you think are the benefits of clinicians taking up senior leadership roles? 
  • What are the main barriers to this?  
  • What are the main enablers of this? 
  • What part does regulation play? 
  • What changes would you suggest to encourage more clinicians into senior leadership?

To enrich the contributions further, FMLM also interviewed several current chief executives from a clinical background, to draw any lessons from their career experiences.

Read the full report here

Source: Department of Health and Social Care, 15th November 2018

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