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Leadership in practice

The DH Chief Professional Officers have endorsed developing clinical leadership:

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director NHS England and responsible for the quality framework, clinical policy and strategy and postgraduate education of doctors, dentists and pharmacists and postgraduate training of clinical scientists.

"For me, clinical leadership is absolutely vital..." 


What does leadership mean to you?  

Jane Cummings, DH Commissioning Board Chief Nurse and DH Chief Nursing Officer.

"Leadership is really important..." 



Barry Cockcroft CBE, Chief Dental Officer and professional head of dental staff in England.

"Well I think it's really important..." 


Professor Sue Hill OBE, Chief Scientific Officer, with responsibility for delivering the Government's strategy for a modernised healthcare science workforce and scientific services.

"My response to that is it's critical to develop leadership..." 


Karen Middleton, Chief Health Professions Officer Department of Health.

"I think the biggest single challenge..." 


Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and professional lead at the Department of Health, on implementation of the Government's Pharmacy in the Future programme.

"If you look at the range of issues..." 


Also David Foster, Deputy Nursing Officer Department of Health, gives us his view of what leadership means.

"It seems pretty obvious I guess..." 


Dame Christine Beasley DBE, Chief Nursing Officer and Director General within the Department of Health for Professional Leadership (including Allied Health Professions) and for Children, Families and Maternity.

"Well I think at the heart of all patient care..." 


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