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What makes an excellent Clinical Director? Qualities, skills, roles and responsibilities

Professor Steve Powis, Medical Director, Royal Free Hampstead NHS discuss what makes an excellent Clinical Director? Qualities, skills, roles and responsibilities at today’s conference. In his presentation Steve discussed:

  • the Clinical Directors role
  • responsibilities: strategic, directorate and individual
  • leadership qualities required for the role
  • accountability of Clinical Directors
  • tips for aspiring Clinical Directors
  • where next for current Clinical Directors?

Professor Steve Powis full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In his presentation Steve stated:

The role of the Clinical Director:

  • Operational
    • Running the business from day to day
  • Strategic
    • Planning for the future
  • Professional
    • Supporting clinicians

The skills and knowledge required by a clinical director

  • Leadership skills
    • Inspiring and empowering others
  • Management knowledge
    • The tools for the job
  • A set of values
    • Engendering respect

Support required to be a clinical director

  • Time to do the job
  • Remuneration
  • Clear accountability and line management
  • Appraisal and objective setting
  • Personal development plan
  • Performance review

Getting the support

  • The directorate team
    • Nurse director
    • Operations manager(s)
  • Support services
    • Finance
    • HR
    • Risk management
    • Legal
    • Medical Director
  • Colleagues – internal and external
    • Mentors/coaches

Beyond the clinical director role

  • How long do I do this role?
  • Return to clinical service
  • Divisional Director
  • Medical Director
  • Other management role
  • Role with commissioner or regulator
  • Non-executive / governor role
  • Discuss next steps at appraisal and with trusted colleagues; get external advice

Future conferences of interest:

A Practical Guide to Improving Outpatient Services
Monday 21 September 2015 , Hallam Conference Centre, London

Clinical Audit for Improvement
Wednesday 7 October 2015 , Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

Expert Witness Intensive Training Course: 2 Day
Thursday 15 October 2015 — Friday 16 October , Hallam Conference Centre, London

Setting Up and Running Virtual Clinics
Monday 19 October 2015 , Hallam Conference Centre, London

Effective Clinical Director
Tuesday 3 November 2015 , ICO Conference Centre, London


Delivering a 7 Day Health Service
Monday 9 November 2015, Hallam Conference Centre, London

Clinical Audit Masterclass
Tuesday 10 November 2015, Hallam Conference Centre, London

National PROMs Summit 2015
Tuesday 1 December 2015, Colmore Gate, Birmingham

Electronic Document Management in Healthcare: Delivering a Paperless NHS
Wednesday 9 December 2015, ICO Conference Centre, London

Download: Prof Steve Powis full presentation

15 June 2015


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