3. Developing Collaborative Leaders
Coaching GPs to address the pressures of the Healthcare system
There is a need for GP leaders who will step into leadership roles and:
- are equipped to address the pressures of the system and develop sustainable practices or adapt to other models of care
- will collaborate with the wider system in health and social care
What we did
We designed a short bespoke programme to equip GPs with additional tools, capability and resilience to lead providers of care and work collaboratively across the health and social system. The programme comprised one initial introductory session, three half-day group-working sessions, and four 90-minute individual coaching sessions. These sought to enable GPs to identify areas of work they were passionate about, align these with their values, and build capability and new skills in collaborative leadership. Ultimately, it ensured that those who wanted to step forward into wider leadership roles were better equipped to do so.
The results of this programme were independently evaluated by Nottingham University (CHILL), and their findings were
of GPs changed the way they were working in their current role
improved relationships with existing partners and collaborators
took on new leadership roles (informal or formal) outside their organisation
What the GPs said
The first of my one-on-one coaching sessions provided in the GP leadership training was the most useful, productive and rewarding 90 minutes of my clinical career to date. I only hope the other delegates are gaining as much as I am from participating in this pilot programme.