Management and leadership roles

The development of leadership competences needs to be an integral part of learning throughout a paediatrician's career. All paediatricians have a duty and responsibility to contribute to the effective running of the organisation in which they work and to its future direction.

Positions and developing skills

Senior leadership and management positions include:

  • chief executive
  • medical director
  • clinical director

Development of skills can occur through:

  • peer learning with managers
  • reciprocal work shadowing
  • involvement in quality and service-improvement projects
  • specific leadership courses

Another approach is to participate in meetings involving patient safety, risk management, complaints, development of guidelines and audit, for example.

Other areas that support leadership and management skills include work that focuses on developing self-awareness, working within teams, managing resources, ensuring patient safety, and making decisions and then going on to evaluate the effects of change.

Paediatricians with an interest in management and a desire to make it a significant part of their career as a paediatrician may also undertake a formal qualification such as a Master's degree.

Leadership models

A number of national leadership models exist which are used to support leadership development across the NHS.

  • The Medical Leadership  Competency Framework (2010)
  • The Clinical Leadership Competence Framework (2011)
  • The Healthcare Leadership Model (2013)

These show how paediatricians can become more involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services as medical leaders.

The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management provides a link to these resources and further support to medical leaders.