Enhancing Engagement in Medical Leadership


The Enhancing Engagement in Medical Leadership project is a joint project led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and the NHS Institute. This UK-wide project aims to promote medical leadership and help create organisational cultures where doctors seek to be more engaged in management and leadership of health services and non-medical leaders genuinely seek their involvement to improve services for patients across the UK. The project team has been working closely with the medical professional, regulatory and education bodies and health service organisations in promoting these goals.

As part of the project we have developed:

  • A Medical Leadership Competency Framework which describes the leadership competences doctors need in order to become more actively involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services. We are working with the General Medical Council (GMC), Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB), Medical Schools, Medical Royal Colleges and Postgraduate Deaneries to embed these competences in undergraduate and postgraduate training. We are also working with health care organisations across the UK to encourage the use of these competences in the health service for development, recruitment and appraisal. A Medical Leadership Curriculum has been developed for the postgraduate phase of training, it can be downloaded here.
  • A Medical Engagement Scale which enables NHS trusts a greater insight to the level of engagement of doctors in their organisation and ways in which this engagement might be improved.

We have also undertaken several research projects including exploring the link between medical engagement and organisational performance, an international study of how doctors are prepared for leadership roles in other countries and how they are engaged in the management and leadership of the health service. We are currently undertaking a Medical Chief Executive study to better understand the factors that influence doctors to assume Chief Executive roles and identify how more doctors may be encourage to apply for these positions.

Further information about these various aspects of the project are available through the links on the right-hand side of the page. You can also download our latest project update here..


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