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 Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. 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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