Doctors to receive leadership training with £1.8m award

A £1.8m contract awarded to Edge Hill University Medical School and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), will provide training in medical education and leadership.

Currently, medical training in the UK does not encompass any formal management or leadership training.

Hospitals with medical leaders ‘tend to perform better’ according to the RCP.

The programme has been named ‘Postgraduate Medical Education and Leadership Development’ and is funded by HEE.

It will enable 600 trainees per year to acquire the knowledge and skills to become a clinical supervisor within the NHS.

Julie Bridson, head of Postgraduate Medical Education, said:

‘Edge Hill University has been delivering medical education and medical leadership modules for HEE (NW) for several years and we are delighted to have been awarded this contract.’

‘There is no doubt that the high quality of the provision to-date provided a solid foundation for our bid and is testament to our expertise and dedicated team of staff.’

‘Our programme will deliver high quality provision that is focused on patients, with the aim of enhancing safe and effective patient care in the complex NHS to develop medical educators and leaders of the future.’

‘It is really exciting to be continuing and expanding our collaboration with the prestigious RCP and bringing significant expertise to enhance our provision and opportunities for international expansion.’

There has been a longstanding collaboration between Edge Hill University and the RCP.

The programme extends the range of options accessible to doctors in the north-west region.

RCP president Professor Andrew Goddard said:

‘I wish that I had been able to access educational opportunities like this at the start of my career.’

‘Learning about clinical leadership not only makes us better doctors but it improves our ability to navigate operational issues in the NHS so that we can organise better services for patients.’

‘I’m very proud that as part of our commitment to improving health in the north as we open our first ever office there, we invest in our future doctors and their education which will in turn improve patient care.’