NHS Medical Director and prominent heart surgeon, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, addressed an audience of senior clinicians and directors from St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the launch of the trust’s new leadership training programme on Monday 21st September.

Engaging Leadership will see 21 clinicians who hold senior management positions at St George?s participate in a 16-month programme of inspirational talks and practical workshops. The aim is to develop leaders working within a culture of transformation and bring real benefits to patients.

Professor Sir Keogh told those attending the programme’s launch: “Leadership is about aligning people to a common set of goals. The NHS is a set a complex organisations and the leadership approach for each needs to be different. However, the evidence is clear that those organisations which have strong clinical leadership perform better than those that don’t.”
The following day, a workshop was held in which participants identified service improvements projects which they will work through and implement during the course of the programme.

St George’s Chief Executive, David Astley, said: “This new programme aims to complement our existing schemes for developing leaders and managers at St George’s. The service improvement projects they undertake will make a very real difference to patients? experiences; this is a very practical programme about being an effective leader of positive change.”

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