Clinical Leadership Forum: 3rd National NHS Leadership meeting

On 16 April 2016 the Clinical Leadership Forum held their 3rd National NHS Leadership meeting for junior doctors and medical students at the Wolfson Education Centre, Imperial College Hammersmith Campus in London.

This was a full day event. The morning consisted of speakers and the afternoon hosted an oral presentation competition. An additional poster competition ran throughout the day.

Clinicians ranging from FY1 to consultant had kindly given their time to speak to the audience about how they had demonstrated leadership in their careers and undertaken steps to develop their leadership skills by means of leadership and management programmes across the UK.

Key note speaker Mr Oliver Warren, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital spoke about his career and how he had founded the Prepare to Lead Scheme, a leadership development mentoring scheme for doctors, run initially by NHS London and subsequently The King’s Fund. He had also been seconded to the Department of Health as Clinical Advisor to Lord Darzi and the Next Stage Review team, as well as acting as a Leadership Fellow at the Health Foundation and a member of the NHS National Leadership Council at the Department of Health.

Of particular note was his explanation of the seven habits of emerging medical leaders derived from a focus group from participants of his Prepare to Lead scheme to identify the most important qualities consistent across successful leaders in medicine, which had also been published in the health service journal in 2012.

The morning was also spent hearing from previous Darzi fellows, a foundation doctor on a medical leadership academic programme, FMLM fellows, NHS leadership academy fellows and a fellow on a healthcare and management programme at McKinsey. It was inspiring and eye opening to hear about the multitude of opportunities for junior doctors to develop their leadership skills to help them become clinical leaders of the future.

Attendees had also submitted abstracts in advance of the meeting to be selected for poster and oral presentations. This was an opportunity for junior doctors to display leadership and management projects they had been involved in and six candidates were selected to give a presentation in the afternoon session. The winners were two doctors from the Royal Sussex county hospital in Brighton who had implemented a proforma in A&E to quicken the clerking and referral process. Their efforts won them a free place on the 2016 King’s Fund annual management and leadership summit.

The prize for best poster presentation went to a project that implemented the Summary Care Record to provide immediate medicines reconciliation for newly admitted patients. They won a free place on an M&K update leadership course of their choice.

The Clinical Leadership Forum is a group of junior doctors who have come together with the aim of creating a meeting whereby different aspects of leadership and management can be explored. As trainees, we are all expected to provide evidence of leadership on our portfolios, but there are few avenues for this. The annual meeting allows trainees to gain inspiration from clinicians on how they demonstrate leadership and management in their careers and allow trainees to display any projects they may have undertaken themselves.

Attendees also gain insight into the various healthcare management and leadership fellowships/programmes available. Awareness of these opportunities is poor, but the value they have in the growth and development of junior doctors is immense, especially in the current climate.

We hope to see you at the next meeting in September. Further details about the group, this and previous meetings can be found at

If you are interested in getting involved for the upcoming meeting this year, please email

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