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A new online resource for developing leadership skills is launched

Frankie, 4 June 2010

A new and free elearning resource to support doctors and other healthcare professionals to develop clinical leadership skills was launched on Thursday 3 June 2010.

LeAD, elearning for medical leadership, has been developed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and elfh. This new online resource addresses the knowledge components of the Medical Leadership Curriculum (MLC) based on the Medical Leadership Competency Framework (Enhancing Engagement in Medical Lead¬ership Project).

Around 50 people attended the LeAD launch at the Royal College of Anaesthetists on Thursday 3 June including Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director who commended the project and its aims.

LeAD is structured in six modules each consisting of a number of elearning sessions. Topics, scenarios and practical applications covering a range of specialties are offered together with examples of service improvement techniques and approaches.

The elearning content in the LeAD sessions focuses on the concepts of shared leadership, this emphasises teamwork and col¬laboration, and the learner acting as an agent for change. The elearning resource includes ideas for tutors, trainers and experienced staff on how to further develop the knowledge and skills of trainees.

The sessions are easy to use and feature interactive exercises, case studies and video for an intuitive and engaging learning experience. Around 50 elearning sessions will be available with each session taking around 20 minutes to complete. Learners can work through any module or session relevant to their specific training needs in any order they choose.

Penny Lewis, Clinical Project Lead, said, ‘Effective leadership is crucial to realising change and improving the delivery of patient care services in the NHS. To help support clinicians, trainers and other healthcare managers with this, we are delighted to be launching LeAD.

‘Underpinned by the core principles of the MLC, LeAD is a comprehensive knowledge base to help all healthcare professionals contribute to the effective running of their organisation and its future direction.

‘Written by clinicians for clinicians, learners can be confident they are using quality material wherever they are, and its flexible structure means it can be used in harmony with busy working lives.

‘Furthermore LeAD can be integrated into local teaching programmes providing a valuable resource for trainers and course organisers, and ultimately supporting lifelong learning.’

For further information and details on how to access the elearning visit the Leadership for Clinicians programme.

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