08 November 2012

Dr Chris Gillmore joins prestigious clinical programme

Dr Chris GillmoreAWP's Dr Chris Gillmore has won a place on the prestigious national Clinical Leadership Fellowship.

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 experiential programme.

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 treatment.

"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 David Nicholson.

Speaking at the event, Sir David Nicholson reiterated the massive opportunity the Fellows have to reshape healthcare for patients.

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 improvement.

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