We musn’t lose clinical leadership

The Select Committee have spoken – more on that later. But I was reflecting that ahead of the health white paper launched on July 12th, 2010 I wrote a list of 10 things I hoped it would and wouldn’t include. My final point was this:

10. Don’t miss this chance
Above all I hope that this White Paper will be the radical opportunity to bring clinical leadership to the fore of the NHS as never before. A few thousand savvy GPs (the Consortium leads) now have the opportunity to shape care as never before. Those who succeed will be groups who understand the importance of relationships (with other hospital staff, management support and their patients), who listen to the strategic advice they are given, who insist that they are not there to pick up the pieces for every permutation of lifestyle, who engage the public, delegate to other competent professionals (optometrists, dentists and pharmacists, nurses) and embrace technology.

I still believe that, and hope that the disastrous progress so far of this Health Bill will not result in able clinicians walking away from leadership. They are crucial to the transformation of care delivery. Now as they will, inevitably, have more time to regroup and review we hope that the emphasis can turn more to improving outcomes and productivity in partnership with their colleagues.

About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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