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Partnership for leadership in practice: deanery, LEP and HEI

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In this paper we set out the rationale and design of a unique Leadership for Clinicians programme, which is the result of a partnership between a regional postgraduate deanery (Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery), a university (the Business School at Brighton University) and local education providers (primary, secondary and tertiary care trusts across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area). The partnership model upon which this programme is based is one that brings together the traditionally disparate worlds of employment and higher education, and in bridging this divide provides the eight full-time Clinical Leadership Fellows with opportunities to gain academic theories of leadership and management and simultaneously to apply these in a workplace setting. Successful completion of the programme will result in Fellows being awarded both an MSc in Management (Leadership for Clinicians) and a Certificate of Completion of the Fellowship. As the commissioner of this new Clinical Leadership Programme, the KSS Deanery plays a crucial role in brokering and mediating the working relationship between the participants, as well as establishing a community of practice in which all participants in the programme learn from one another. Early phases of implementation of the KSS Leadership for Clinicians Fellowship programme demonstrate that this brokering role requires that we provide a context for the different participants to engage in dialogue, and resources which establish the overall identity of the partnership. These elements are crucial so as to minimise the inevitable tensions that emerge as partners shift from their traditional role, and maximise the affordances that accrue through the synthesis of academic knowledge and practical workplace experience.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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