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NHS Improvement recognises the leadership contribution psychologists can offer

30 January 2019

New guidance from NHS Improvement says psychologists have a great leadership contribution to make to the NHS, but existing structures and expectations can make it hard for them to reach strategic management roles.

Clinical leadership – a Framework for Action has been endorsed by nine professional bodies, including the British Psychological Society.

Written by a group of professionals including BPS member Sonya Wallbank, it says:

"We hope this guide helps senior leaders recognise that all professions can provide high calibre candidates for senior roles – particularly when new senior teams are coming together to lead integrated care systems as part of delivering the Long Term Plan.

We also hope it shows future leaders with clinical backgrounds what their journeys to senior positions could be like."

Published alongside the guidance is a collection of case studies, looking at clinicians other than doctors and nurses who occupy strategic leadership positions in the NHS.

Clinical psychologist Michael Witney, a BPS member and Director of Therapies and Executive Lead for Patient Experience, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, is one of those included.

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