Medway’s MediLead programme empowers junior doctors to lead the way

Date: 22 November 2016

MediLead junior doctors
Members of MediLead, the leadership programme for junior doctors

We have launched a new programme to support and develop our top talent.

Developed by a team here at Medway Maritime Hospital, the MediLead programme was originally proposed by Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Sarah Hare. Dr Hare explains, ‘My ambition is for the Trust to provide a world class level of care to every patient. MediLead is part of this ambition. If equipped with the right tools, our junior doctors can help us to drive continuous improvement across the organisation.’

‘Junior doctors bring a fresh perspective to the organisation, and many of them have new ideas to offer,’ said Anum Pervez, Foundation Year 2.
‘The MediLead programme is a way of empowering doctors who are new to the Trust to talk about their ideas with colleagues. Sharing insights and new approaches helps create a professional culture where robust challenge and open discussion is valued, so that every idea aimed at improving care for our patients is welcomed and explored.’

As part of their application to the MediLead programme, each junior doctor identifies a project that they will work on with the support of senior doctors, senior nurses and managers as part of their leadership development. Projects are focused on patient safety and the delivery of efficient services.

Projects have included: improving the training and quality of ECGs performed by nurses and junior doctors so benefiting patients in smoother diagnostics; also the creation of bespoke paediatric equipment trolleys to ensure smooth and outstanding care for our sickest babies and children who need transfer to London’s children’s intensive care units.

Those enrolled in the programme are given an understanding of the organisational structure of the Trust, the NHS and the Department of Health.
They learn about different approaches to leadership and develop personal and professional skills in a range of areas including negotiation and communication, self-awareness and the importance of staff engagement. They are also encouraged to submit their work to national conferences and meetings to share learning with other NHS organisations.

  • Summary:

    We have launched a new programme to support and develop our top talent.