Trust appoints clinical leaders

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has announced the appointment of the permanent clinical leaders for its clinical divisions.

In April 2012, the Trust announced plans to put doctors at the forefront of running patient services with support from managers, not the other way around.

This was to help the Trust to achieve effective, sustainable change at a faster pace.

Shortly after, doctors were appointed as Clinical Directors to lead each of the five clinical divisions on an initial 12 month basis. Mr George Nasmyth, 
Medical Director, UHMBT, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce that we have made permanent appointments to our Clinical Director roles.

“Having clinical leaders at the forefront of designing, managing, improving and being accountable for clinical services in our hospitals, is paramount to ensuring that both staff and patients feel confident that our services are delivered in the best interest of patients.

“These roles provide vision and leadership and hold the Divisional Teams to account for delivering improved performance.”

Each of the Clinical Directors lead a team which include a senior nurse, midwife and/or other allied health professionals, and a manager.

The divisions also have Clinical Leads for each speciality who have a more significant role than they did previously.

George Nasmyth said: “Having appropriate clinical leaders visible at each hospital site is extremely important to support and develop staff at a local level.

“What makes these roles special is that these clinicians have an in-depth knowledge of their hospital, what makes it work and what is best for staff and patients in the immediate local area.

Their hospital, who works in it, and the patients that come to it, are their main priorities.”