Allan trained at the University of Auckland and has spent the last three years at Tauranga Hospital where he currently works as a Medical Registrar. He has a special interest in clinical leadership and the development of leadership skills in our next generation of healthcare providers.
Leadership From The Ground Up: Clinical Leadership For Junior Staff, By Junior Staff
Dr Allan Plant, Department of Medicine, Tauranga Hospital, Tauranga, New Zealand
Dr Samuel Cutfield, Department of Surgery, Tauranga Hospital, Tauranga, New Zealand
Aims: To establish an event that would develop interest, engagement, and understanding of the skills required in clinical governance among junior staff at our DHB.
Methods: We established a symposium called Leadership from the Ground Up which invited junior staff from all realms of clinical practice to attend an evening of talks from leaders from all walks of life. Our three speakers were Professor Alan Merry, Chairman of the Board of the NZ HQSC who spoke on his path to leadership and the leaders that inspired him, disgraced former Blackcap Lou Vincent who spoke on dealing with error and learning from one’s mistakes, and Dr Ella Nicholas, a local house officer, who spoke of her path to becoming the flag bearer for the Cook Islands at the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Attendees were sent a survey following the event to evaluate those aspects they found favourable or otherwise. The purpose of this was to provide information on areas for improvement with future versions of the event.
Results: 88 staff RSVP’d to attend the event, with 71 attending on the evening. 55% (n=39) of the attendees were RMOs, with 16% (n=11) Registered Nurses, and remaining attendees dieticians, pharmacists, and SMOs. The results of the survey demonstrated that 100% of respondents rated the event favourably, with over 90% rating it as “very good” or “excellent”. Importantly, 100% of the respondents reported that they would be either very- or extremely-likely to attend a similar event again in the future. A range of specific suggestions around the venue, event organisation, and recommendations for future topics was also provided in the feedback questionnaire.
Conclusions: The establishment of a symposium on clinical leadership amongst junior hospital staff is a simple and effective way to inspire healthcare’s next generation of clinical leaders