Leadership for Clinicians - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Leadership Academy
  • Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

About the Leadership for Clinicians programme

All LeAD e-learning sessions have been updated to reflect changes in the NHS and issues facing clinicians working in today’s service.

Leadership for Clinicians: LeAD is an e-learning resource to support clinicians, of all professions, to develop an understanding of their role in contributing to the management and leadership of health care services. Graphic_1.jpg
LeAD e-learning is designed to be used as part of a blended approach, providing the knowledge base to augment clinical practice, and leadership development opportunities and programmes. Graphic_2.jpg
LeAD provides over 60 short interactive e-learning sessions. LeAD sessions are grouped for ease of reference; however they are designed to stand alone to meet an individual’s development needs and interests, you can obtain a certificate of completion after each session. To support trainers and further development within the clinical context, additional material and further reading on the subject is included within the sessions. Graphic_3.jpg
LeAD sessions are available in two pathways, both have exactly the same sessions, however they are grouped differently. You can select either of the pathways. Graphic_4.jpg
The NHS Leadership Academy has recognised the original work achieved by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHSIII in describing the leadership expectations for those working in clinical settings. Chief Professional Officers of NHS England endorsed the Medical / Clinical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF/CLCF) and LeAD to address the knowledge required of clinicians. Graphic_5.jpg

More information

Who is it for?

LeAD is appropriate for all clinical staff regardless of profession, specialty, or stage of training (although it is most appropriate for those with a reasonable level of experience in the clinical field) and offers one component of an overall leadership training and development programme. It is intended to support face to face and work based learning by providing the knowledge base related to leadership in clinical settings. This website and the sessions also contain additional support material for trainers to augment leadership development in day to day practice e.g. videos and e-articles.

LeAD reflects the leadership competences outlined in the MLCF/CLCF and will help clinicians develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours required to be active team members; support others who are in leadership roles; and make effective contributions as appropriate.

The subject matter and illustrative contexts support developing leadership in clinical settings as well as the knowledge base of the MLC. All of the e-learning has been written and extensively reviewed by senior practitioners.

What is LeAD based on?

First came the Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF)

LeAD was originally developed to support the Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF) created by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and NHSIII. The Enhancing Engagement in Medical Leadership project led by the AoMRC and NHSIII supported the approach taken by the Medical Royal Colleges to develop doctors’ understanding of their role in contributing to managing and leading health services. LeAD specifically supports the Medical Leadership Curriculum (based on the MLCF) which underpins all postgraduate specialty training. The MLCF was first launched in 2008.

First came the Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF)

Followed by the Clinical Leadership Competency Framework (CLCF)

The Clinical Leadership Competency Framework (CLCF) is derived from the MLCF. The CLCF was created by the National Leadership Council (NLC) with the agreement of the NHSIII and the AoMRC. Through publishing the CLCF and supporting access to LeAD the NLC are promoting leadership development for all clinical professions that work in health and care. Ensuring that leadership competences will be incorporated into education and training for all clinical professions and establishing a stronger foundation for developing leadership capability across health care and in delivering the changes needed to meet future challenges. The CLCF was launched in June 2011.

And now we also have the NHS Leadership Framework

Subsequently the framework was adopted as the leadership framework for all staff in the NHS and known as the ‘Leadership Framework’, again with identical domain content for the main five domains but with two extra domains for those working at senior levels in organisations.

LeAD provides material to support learning in the five core domains of the leadership framework (MLCF/CLCF).

Sample sessions

Why not get a taste of the e-learning and try out some of the sample sessions below? These are sessions taken from the live resource and, like all of the LeAD sessions, feature animation, video, case studies and interactive exercises.

To work your way through a session, simply click on the ‘Next’ button at the top right hand corner of each page.

  • Introduction to Leadership and LeAD

    This session will explore the concepts of leadership in the clinical setting. It also introduces you to the e-learning support for the development of clinical leadership (LeAD) and its relationship with the Medical/Clinical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF/CLCF).

  • Introduction to the Medical / Clinical Leadership Competency Framework

    This session provides an overview of the Medical/Clinical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF/CLCF). It explains how it has been constructed and how it can be used. 

LeAD Clinical Leadership Project Team 2012 - 2013

  • Penny Lewis

    Penny Lewis

    Clinical Project Lead
  • Jonathan Guy

    Jonathan Guy

    Project Manager, e-LfH
  • Paul Leach

    Paul Leach

    Instructional Designer, e-LfH
  • Alastair Henderson

    Alastair Henderson

    Project Champion, AoMRC
  • Alan Ryan

    Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, e-LfH
  • Angela Dempsey

    Angela Dempsey

    NHS Leadership Academy

LeAD Clinical Leadership Project Team 2011

  • Penny Lewis

    Penny Lewis

    Clinical Project Lead
  • Stephen Foy

    Stephen Foy

    Project Manager
  • Sara Fennah

    Sara Fennah

    Instructional Designer, e-LfH
  • Peter Spurgeon

    Peter Spurgeon

    Liaison with CLCF project 

LeAD Medical Leadership Project Team 2009-2010

  • Penny Lewis

    Penny Lewis

    Clinical Project Lead
  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Project Manager, e-LfH
  • Dean Spencer

    Dean Spencer

    Implementation Manager, e-LfH
  • Sheeran Zsigo

    Sheeran Zsigo

    Instructional Designer, e-LfH

LeAD Medical Leadership Executive Group 2009-2010

  • Julia Moore OBE

    Julia Moore OBE

    National Director, e-LfH
  • Alastair Henderson

    Alastair Henderson

    Project Champion, AoMRC
  • Alan Ryan

    Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, e-LfH
  • John Cowles

    John Cowles

    DH Policy Lead
  • John Clark

    John Clark

    Project Sponsor, EEML
  • Peter Spurgeon

    Peter Spurgeon

    Project Director, EEML
  • Ollie White

    Ollie White

    Chair of Academy Trainee Doctors' Group, AoMRC
  • Richard Young

    Richard Young

    Royal College of Anaesthetists Patient/Lay Group
  • Mark Dexter

    Mark Dexter

    Head of Policy, Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board
  • Peter Donnelly

    Peter Donnelly

    Associate Dean for eLearning, Wales Deanery
  • Martin Hart

    Martin Hart

    Assistant Director for Education, General Medical Council
  • Ashley Fraser

    Ashley Fraser

    Medical Director, NHS Employers
  • Mark Newbold

    Mark Newbold

    Chief Executive, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

Register >

If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Leadership for Clinicians programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Leadership for Clinicians programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Leadership for Clinicians programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Leadership for Clinicians programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

FAQ

  • Is LeAD relevant for experienced staff?

    LeAD provides a quick update for experienced clinical staff on the latest perspectives on clinical leadership.

    LeAD can also be used by tutors and trainers to provide blended learning as part of their training courses. Within the e-learning sessions the resources section offers ideas on how to further develop the knowledge and skills of learners.

    The Additional Educational Material area to the left holds additional videos, articles and other resources to augment learning. These can be openly accessed by individuals or by trainers and tutors running seminars and training events.

  • Is LeAD just for doctors?

    No, LeAD is about leadership in clinical settings, the basis of leadership applies to everyone. All professions will find the sessions relevant to their practice.

  • Can LeAD be used for trainees?

    Absolutely, LeAD is appropriate for all postgraduate trainees regardless of specialty and supports the Medical Leadership Curriculum implemented across all specialties.

  • How many e-learning sessions are there?

    LeAD offers over 60 short, interactive and engaging e-learning sessions.

    LeAD sessions are grouped for ease of reference; however they are designed to stand alone in order to provide an open learning pathway to meet individual development needs and interests.

    The sessions are grouped in to two pathways, each have all the sessions and you can choose whichever format you prefer:

    Medical Leadership (MLE)
    LeAD e-learning sessions grouped by module themes

    MLE Pathway

    Clinical Leadership (CLE)
    LeAD e-learning sessions grouped by MLCF/CLCF domains

    CLE Pathway

  • How can I access the e-learning?

    You have the option of having all LeAD sessions presented in one of two ways, by domain or by theme. Please see the How to access section above.

A patient's journey

Professor Kieran Sweeney was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma at the age of 57 and died at home with his family on Christmas Eve 2009.

Kieran kindly agreed to be filmed and interviewed by Tom Lewis on his experience of care and interactions with healthcare professionals to illustrate the educational material provided by LeAD.

The footage available here is an extract of the filming and reflects the thoughts and experiences Kieran shared in an article he wrote for the BMJ. He died six weeks after this film was recorded.

Sweeney K, Toy L, Cornwell J. A patient’s journey: Mesothelioma. BMJ 2009; 339:b2862 doi 10.1136/BMJ.b2862

Obituaries: Kieran Sweeney, Published 8 February 2010, doi:10.1136/bmj.c733 BMJ 2010;340:c733

e-Learning for Healthcare is very grateful to Kieran and his family for their immense generosity and commitment to the development of clinical leadership.

Further extracts from Kieran’s interview together with contributions from other people with first hand patient experience are being brought together in a number of online articles on compassion, teamwork and change. These articles can be used as an educational resource to help explore clinical leadership and service enhancement and deliver improved quality of care for patients.

Demonstrating personal qualities

Clinicians showing effective leadership need to draw upon their values, strengths and abilities to deliver high standards of care.

This e-article on how patients feel it is like to be treated as a collection of symptoms rather than an individual, to have their need for privacy ignored or to be spoken to without respect or kindness.

  • Jane Cummings

    DH Commissioning Board Chief Nurse and DH Chief Nursing Offic...

  • Professor Sue Hill OBE

    Chief Scientific Officer, discusses why leadership matters to ...

  • A play therapist

    Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Tru...

  • Liz Stafford

    Pharmacist, National Primary Care Liaison Manager, talks about...

  • Barry Cockcroft OBE

    Chief Dental Officer and professional head of dental staff in ...

  • Karen Middleton

    Chief Health Professions Officer Department of Health

  • Dame Christine Beasley DBE

    Chief Nursing Officer and Director General within the Departme...

Working with others

Clinicians show leadership by working with others in teams and networks to deliver and improve services.

This e-article on what compassionate teamwork looks like and also what happens to patients when members of healthcare teams, the majority of whom entered the profession with a strong set of ideals, come to the conclusion that human caring is a ‘hopelessly naïve notion’.

  • Dr Bob Klaber

    Paediatric Consultant, talks about teamwork in practice

  • A play therapist

    Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Tru...

  • David Foster

    Deputy Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health, talks about...

  • Karen Middleton

    Chief Health Professions Officer Department of Health, talks a...

  • Jane Cummings

    DH Commissioning Board Chief Nurse and DH Chief Nursing Office...

Managing services

Clinicians showing effective leadership are focused on the success of the organisation(s) in which they work.

  • Professor Sue Hill OBE

    Chief Scientific Officer, discusses why leadership and managem...

  • Karen Middleton

    Chief Health Professions Officer Department of Health, talks a...

  • Jane Cummings

    DH Commissioning Board Chief Nurse and DH Chief Nursing Office...

  • Dame Christine Beasley DBE

    Chief Nursing Officer and Director General within the Departme...

  • Physiotherapists

    Physiotherapists, Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College ...

  • Dr Bob Klaber

    Paediatric Consultant, looks at how clinicians relationship wi...

  • Ward managers

    Ward Managers

  • Dr Ashley Fraser

    Medical Director of NHS Employers, a founding member of the EE...

Improving services

Clinicians showing effective leadership make a real difference to people’s health by delivering high quality services and by developing improvements to services.

This e-article on initiatives currently underway that show healthcare practitioners, as individuals and teams, ensuring patients are treated with kindness and compassion alongside respect for their dignity and privacy.

  • Ward managers

    Ward Managers
  • A junior doctor

    Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS T...
  • A junior doctor

    House Officer
  • A junior doctor

    House Officer Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College Hea...

  • Karen Middleton

    Chief Health Professions Officer Department of Health talks ab...

  • David Foster

    Deputy Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health talks about ...

Setting direction

Clinicians showing effective leadership contribute to the strategy and aspirations of the organisation and act in a manner consistent with its values.

  • Professor Sue Hill OBE

    Chief Scientific Officer, shares how leadership is embedded in...

  • Barry Cockcroft CBE

    Chief Dental Officer and professional head of dental staff in ...

  • Dr Bob Klaber

    Paediatric Consultant, looks ahead at what the department is a...

  • Professor Sue Hill OBE

    Chief Scientific Officer, with responsibility for delivering t...

  • Dame Christine Beasley DBE

    Chief Nursing Officer and Director General within the Departme...

  • David Foster

    Deputy Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health

  • Professor Sir Bruce Keogh

    Medical Director NHS England and responsible for the quality f...

  • Jane Cummings

    DH Commissioning Board Chief Nurse and DH Chief Nursing Office...

  • Peter Lees

    former Medical Director & Director of Leadership, South Ce...

  • Dame Carol Black

    Past Chairman of AoMRC, talking about clinical leadership in 2...

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 f...

  • Jane Cummings

    DH Commissioning Board Chief Nurse and DH Chief Nursing Office...

  • Barry Cockcroft CBE

    Chief Dental Officer and professional head of dental staff in ...

  • Professor Sue Hill OBE

    Chief Scientific Officer, with responsibility for delivering t...

  • Karen Middleton

    Chief Health Professions Officer Department of Health

  • Dr Keith Ridge

    Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and professional lead at the Depa...

  • David Foster

    Deputy Nursing Officer Department of Health, gives us his view...

  • Dame Christine Beasley DBE

    Chief Nursing Officer and Director General within the Departme...

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