08 November 2012
Dr Chris Gillmore joins prestigious clinical programme
AWP's Dr Chris Gillmore has won
a place on the prestigious national Clinical Leadership
Dr Gillmore, principal clinical psychologist based in Bath, is
among 80 clinicians to be accepted onto the NHS Leadership
Academy's flagship programme.
The scheme aims to support the transformation of leadership in
the NHS by offering clinical professionals the opportunity to
develop leadership skills through a structured learning and
It is run on a part-time basis over nine months in the Fellows'
own organisation and in conjunction with their existing clinical
roles. The programme is grounded with a real-time, work-based
service improvement project, which can involve anything from making
patient pathways more efficient to improving patient treatment with
new technology. Dr Gillmore's project is to establish an
evidence-based psychological treatment pathway for service users
who have experienced complex trauma.
He said, "I applied to become a Clinical Fellow of the NHS
Leadership Academy, as the programme offers a fantastic opportunity
to develop my leadership skills and ability to improve the services
we deliver. My project is to establish an evidence-based
psychological treatment pathway for service users who have
experienced complex trauma, with the aim of improving the quality
and efficiency of the service we offer to these patients. I
hope that as well as benefitting service users, there will be a
benefit to staff through having a clear framework within which to
deliver their interventions using a phase-based approach to
"There are many challenges facing the NHS at present and there
is a need for all clinicians to show leadership within their roles.
I think the training and qualities of clinical psychologists
provides us with valuable knowledge and skills to lead meaningful
change within our services and I am looking forward to using my
experience of the Fellowship to learn as much as I can and bring
this back in to my work with AWP."
The 2012 Fellows were welcomed at a special event in
Birmingham with high profile speakers including NHS chief executive
and chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority Sir
Speaking at the event, Sir David Nicholson reiterated the
massive opportunity the Fellows have to reshape healthcare for
He said: "We now have an opportunity like no other to get
clinical leadership right. The new NHS system gives pride of place
to clinical leadership, putting clinicians in the driving seat to
shape healthcare and improve patient outcomes. Leadership is a
special skill and we will not get the right quality and quantity of
clinical leaders by accident.
"The Clinical Leadership Fellowship is vital because it helps to
give clinicians the skills they need to make the most of their
knowledge and experience in leadership roles, giving us the
transformational leaders we need to steer health and care services
into the future."
The Fellows will commit 48 days to the programme, 18 of which
will be dedicated to designing and implementing their work-based
service improvement project. Projects will be based on the
principles of the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention
(QIPP) programme and the fellows will also work towards
a post graduate certificate in leadership and service