Leadership and management resources

This page is to help you learn more about clinical leadership and management and includes links to a range of key resources.

Leadership Frameworks

Medical Leadership Competency Framework (pdf)

The MLCF describes the leadership competences that doctors need to become more actively involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services.

Healthcare Leadership Model

The Healthcare Leadership Model has been developed to help staff who work in health and care to become better leaders.

Clinical Leadership Competency Framework (pdf)

CLCF provides a standardised and consistent approach to leadership development, relates to clinicians' practitioner roles and applies to all clinicians at every stage of their professional journey.

Presentations from the RCPsych conference: Leadership, Management and Engagement - unlocking quality care for all

  • Introduction, Professor Fiona Mason (pdf)
  • Employee engagement, Clare Allen (pdf)
  • Quality Improvement, Dr Amar Shah (pdf)
  • Authenticity in Leadership, Clare Allen (pdf)
  • Self-awareness, Dr Mary-Jane Tacchi (pdf)

Other presentations and podcasts

Competitive environment - what it is and how to thrive in it (pdf)

A presentation by Dr Kostas Agath, EMBA, FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist, NWDAS, CNWL NHS FT, Medical Director, Addaction

Leadership (pdf)

A presentation by Peter Lees, Founding Director of FMLM.

Transformation and recovery in mental health care (pdf).

A presentation by Professor Philip Sugarman, MSc, MBA, PhD, FRCPsych

Systemic approaches to leadership (Podcast). 

Dr Michael Hobkirk, Consultant Child Psychiatrist; Graham Lee, Principal Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and Clinical Lead, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Psychiatric Leadership in Action: Delivering High Quality Care for All. Inaugural conference of the RCPsych Leadership and Management Committee (Videos of keynote speakers). 

Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, former Registrar (2010-2015); Dr Muj Husain, former Chair of RCPsych PTC; Professor Philip Sugarman MSc, MBA, PhD, FRCPsych

Perspectives on Leadership and Management

Leadership and management: a patient's perspective - Robert Walker

Trainee experience of shadowing Dr Fiona Mason, CMO at St Andrew's Healthcare - Dr Sohom Das, ST6 Forensics


College reports

  • A College Strategy for Professional Development in Leadership and Management
  • Leadership and management in psychiatry: A position statement from the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Leadership and Management Study Guide for Higher Trainees
  • Safe Patients, High Quality Services: A Guide to Job Descriptions and Job Plans for Consultant Psychiatrists

National Reports

Related legislation and guidance

  • Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM)
    FMLM is a UK-wide organisation that aims to promote the advancement of medical leadership, management and quality improvement.
  • NHS Leadership Academy
    The academy's mission is to develop outstanding leadership in health, in order to improve people’s health and their experiences of the NHS.
  • NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement 
    The NHS Institute transforms good ideas into workable solutions for an improving NHS.
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
    IHI is an independent organisation which promotes results in healthcare and healthcare improvement worldwide. Their website offers a variety of resources including access to the IHI Open School. The Open School offers students, residents, and faculty free online courses which teach the foundations of improvement, safety, system design, and leadership.
  • The Network 
    This is an online community of medical students, junior doctors and newly qualified GPs and Consultants with an interest in clinical leadership and medical management.
  • Clinical Leaders Network 
    A unique, national, professional leadership network for clinicians in England
  • The Kings Fund
    This is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England.
  • The Health Foundation 
    This is an independent charity working to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in the UK.
  • The Nuffield Trust 
    This is an authoritative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK.
  • BMJ Quality: Making Quality Improvement Simple
    This is an online platform which provides learning modules, tools and resources to support individuals in undertaking quality improvement projects. Once you have completed your project using this tool, you will have the opportunity to directly submit your work to the BMJ Quality Improvement Reports journal for publication.
  • Doctors Advancing Patient Safety (DAPS)
    DAPS aims to engage and empowering junior doctors to take a proactive approach to dealing with patient safety and to carry out quality improvement projects. They run lectures, workshops and a summer school.
  • Harvard Business Review 
    HBR offers a magazine, webinars, courses and videos which cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to different industries, management functions, and geographic locations. They focus on such areas as leadership, organisational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and managing people.
  • Management for Psychiatrists (4th edn) Edited by D Bhugra, S Bell, A Burns
    This is the 2016 edition of the popular textbook which provides a guide into the complex world of management in psychiatric practice.
  • Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (RSA) animate  
    The RSA: an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.
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