Project news

July 2009

Medical Engagement Scale. The Medical Engagement Scale (MES) is now available on a commercial basis.  The MES is designed to assess medical engagement in management and leadership in NHS organisations.  It has been designed to differentiate between the individual’s personal desire to be engaged and the organisation’s encouragement of involvement.  

Given to all medical staff and a sample of senior managers, the MES allows for an assessment of the alignment between the views of doctors and the executive of the organisation.  All responses are anonymous and processed by an external company for analysis.  The final reports identify areas where development or improvement is required and assist trusts with their leadership agenda.  Also provided is a framework of organisational strategies that senior leaders may undertake to enhance medical engagement and performance at work. 

Please contact if you would like further information or are interested in taking part.

Conferences. Members of the Project Team will be hosting a stand at the upcoming Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Annual Scientific Meeting on the 15th - 17th July in Edinburgh.  Copies of our publications will be available, and the Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the project. 

April 2009

Medical Leadership Competency Framework. The 2nd edition of the Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF) is now available on the project documents section of the website.  Refinements in this second edition have been made after feedback from patient groups, PMETB, Medical Royal Colleges, doctors and managers from acute and foundation trusts and general practice based on the use of the MLCF.  The MLCF has also been reviewed in the light of changing regulatory advice for undergraduate and postgraduate training.  Hard copies of the MLCF will become available during the first or second week in June.  Please contact if you are interested in receiving a copy.

We are in the process of updating the MLCF sections of the website, so please bear with us until updates are completed. 

Please contact us if you require the 1st edition (May 2008) of the MLCF.

April 2009

Medical Engagement Scale. A normative database has successfully been established for the Medical Engagement Scale (MES), thanks to the participation of 30 Trusts from across all 10 SHA regions. The MES is a tool for organisations to assess the level of engagement within their organisation, and will be available commercially in the next few months.


Tomorrow’s Doctors. The Project Team have completed their final submission to the GMC’s consultation on Tomorrow’s Doctors, which sets the standards for undergraduate medical education in the UK. The new version of Tomorrow’s Doctors will be published in Summer 2009.


Conferences. Professor Peter Spurgeon, Project Director, will be speaking at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress on 19th May in Birmingham. Members of the Project Team will be hosting a stand at the Congress from the 19th - 21st May.  


Members of the Project Team will also host stands at the following upcoming conferences:   

  • Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Annual Scientific Meeting on the 15th - 17th July in Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Radiologists Clinical Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting on the 14th September in London
  • Royal College of General Practitioners Annual National Primary Care Conference on the 5th - 7th November in Glasgow. 

February 2009

Project Publication Update. A new version of the Enhancing Engagement in Medical Leadership Project overview is now available.  This document gives updated information about project developments and products, as well as next steps for the project.  The document can be accessed via the 'Project documents' section of the website.

February 2009

New Steering Group Chair. Dr Patricia Hamilton has been appointed the Director of Medical Education at the Department of Health effective January 2009 and has therefore resigned as Chair of the project Steering Group. As such, Professor Dame Carol Black will now be Chairing the Steering Group for the final phase of the project. Many congratulations to Dr Hamilton in her new role and we thank her for her leadership of and support for the project over the last few years.

February 2009

Postgraduate Education Support. The Project Team presented the Medical Leadership Curriculum (MLC), based on the Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF) to the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) scrutiny panel on 12th November 2008. Their presentation was commended, and in response the PMETB made two very important statements in terms of our future work; a) that they will not revisit the structure and fundamentals of the MLC, and b) that they will expect all Colleges to incorporate the MLCF within their revisions of their curriculum to be submitted to PMETB by 2010.

It is important to recognise that the Scrutiny Panel, under the regulations of PMETB, is not able to approve a ‘partial curriculum’ which was the status of our submission. Notwithstanding this limitation, the feedback from the panel was very positive from our perspective. The panel encouraged us to continue to liaise with them as we take forward the next phase of the project. A number of issues were identified as a result of the scrutiny which, PMETB suggests, require further refinement. These focus on the development of plans and processes for assessment as well as ensuring consistency in the delivery of training and provision of learning opportunities.

January 2009 

Medical Engagement Scale. A key project deliverable is the Medical Engagement Scale (MES), a tool designed to assess medical engagement and leadership in NHS organisations. The tool assesses an organisation’s overall level of medical engagement as well as levels of specific subscales that make up the resulting score. This enables feedback on overall levels and areas where development or improvement is required. You can read more about the scale here.
The MES has been piloted in four Trusts and was shown to have both face and construct validity. In order to collect normative data on the tool, each SHA in England was offered the opportunity to use the MES in three Trusts. We are currently collecting this data and will inform participating trusts of their results in March/April 2009. It is intended that the MES will be made available more widely in Spring 2009.
If you would like more information about the Medical Engagement Scale please contact

January 2009 

Update on Medical Leadership Competency Framework.
The project team continues to work with PMETB, Medical Royal Colleges and GMC to integrate the MLCF into their curricula at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing practice levels.
A PMETB scrutiny panel have given support to the Medical Leadership Curriculum and 2009 sees us working with the individual Colleges to ensure it is integrated successfully in the upcoming curricula reviews.
GMC has started their formal review of Tomorrow’s Doctors and we are actively involved in ensuring the inclusion of all five domains to ensure medical students develop leadership competence from early in their career.

October 2008

Development of 360 tools for Medical Leadership Competency Framework. The project team are currently piloting Medical Leadership Competency Framework self assessment and feedback tools. The tools have been developed to assist with Personal Development Planning and preparation for appraisal for doctors at all stages in their medical career. It is intended that these tools will be finalised and made available in mid 2009.

July 2008

High Quality Care For All: NHS Next Stage Review Final Report. The final report has clearly indicated a desire to increase the number of clinicians in leadership positions and provide support to individuals taking on these roles. It has also emphasised that undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and appraisal should reflect the importance of leadership skills, thus ensuring all clinicians are equipped to deal with the demands of working in the NHS. The Medical Leadership Competency Framework nicely positions the medical profession in ensuring that all doctors develop leadership competence from the start of their career. Many Project Team and Steering Group members contributed to the NHS Next Stage Review and will, over the coming months, continue to ensure that the project outputs help turn the report recommendations into reality.

May 2008

Medical Leadership Competency Framework.  The Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF) is now available via The MLCF has been jointly developed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, in conjunction with a wide range of stakeholders. The MLCF describes the leadership competences doctors need to become more actively involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services. It is relevant for all medical students and doctors in the early stages of their careers and it will provide the foundation for later leadership development.

April 2008

Engaging Doctors: What we can learn from international experience and research evidence? A publication with key points from two reviews commissioned by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in support of the Enhancing Engagement in Medical Leadership project. This study, undertaken by the Health Services Management Centre at University of Birmingham provides a systematic and research based overview of the evolution of medical leadership and the reasons why a concerted focus on the training and support for doctors taking on leadership roles is needed. Full copies of both reviews are available here. Hard copies of this publication are available from New Audience, please email requests to quoting 'NHSIengagingdocs'.

March 2008

NHS Next Stage Review (Darzi) - Leadership Working Group. Many of the Project Team and Steering Group members are involved in the NHS Next Stage Review (Darzi). One of the key issues is how to improve the diversity of leaders and to expand the number of clinicians in leadership positions. To assist in this process, it is proposed that leadership curricula, particularly for clinicians, should be restructured. The development of the MLCF through this project is timely and will feed into the NHS Next Stage Review and help inform any adaptions to other clinical professions.