Management in Medicine

The Management in Medicine programme has been established by the Fellows of Green Templeton College to help clinicians in training and postgraduate students with an interest in healthcare management develop their management and leadership skills.

The involvement of clinicians in healthcare leadership and management continues to develop momentum. There is increasing recognition that it is vital to the improvement of health services and there is a growing body of published evidence to show that, at least in an acute setting, the quality of healthcare delivery improves when clinicians become involved in the leadership of services.

Giving clinicians leadership and management training and experience is integral to the success of this strategy.

Although most clinicians do not want to become full-time managers, many will become involved in some aspect of leadership and management as part of their clinical work. This might be in managing a clinical research programme, being a partner in a general practice, getting the best out of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, or helping to design a new service.

The Management in Medicine Programme is being developed in response to interest expressed by clinical students, medically qualified research students and medical alumni, as well as trainee doctors (particularly Academic Clinical Fellows) in the Thames Valley.

The initiative draws on the deep tradition in medicine, health and the social sciences within Green Templeton, allied with its strength in business and management.

Past Management in Medicine workshops

Saturday 8 June 2019, 9:00-13:30

Speaker: Rasmus Thøger Christensen, Medical Doctor and Co-Founder and Managing Director, LIVSKRAFT.

A patient’s journey through the hospital, between different departments and seeing different health care professionals, can be challenging, especially in an increasingly complex health care system. In order to ensure good patient care, all health care professionals and managers must focus on the individual patient flow through the hospital, and not just on isolated actions taken at a department level. Playing the game BRICK HOSPITAL in this workshop, will increase awareness about patient flow and introduce tools that can help optimize flow for health care professionals on the ground or those aspiring to manage a clinical department or a hospital.

BRICK HOSPITAL is a LEGO-based game where each player is given a series of tasks related to the patient’s journey through the hospital – from admittance to diagnosis and treatment through to discharge. Through several rounds of the game, using reflection and facilitated improvement processes, the players are given a unique insight into interdisciplinary team-work and optimization of patient flow using game-based learning.

In this highly interactive workshop, we played BRICK HOSPITAL, which is already part of official specialty training in Denmark and an integrated part of an elective subject on leadership and process management for medical students at Aarhus University, Denmark. The workshop was open to everyone interested in health care. Professional health care skills were not a pre-requisite for attending the workshop but motivation for game-based learning was important.

Integrated care and population health management: ephemeral NHS fads or a new direction?
Monday 20 May 2019, 18:45

Speaker: Dr Nicholas Hicks, Associate Fellow of Green Templeton and lead for the Management in Medicine Programme. Founder and Chief Executive of COBIC.

Five years ago, in 2014, the NHS published the Five Year Forward View, promising that the NHS would end the ‘artificial divisions between health and social care, hospital and community care, and physical and mental health’. Few think those lofty ambitions have been achieved. Indeed, 2019 has seen the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and a widely welcomed new contract for general practice, heralding the creation of primary care networks, the widespread adoption of ‘population health management’ and ‘integrated care’.

Re-inventing organisations: service improvements and culture
Saturday 11 May 2019, 9:30

Speaker: John Drew, Director of Improvement & Culture, Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust.

This workshop explored the links between leadership, improvement and culture within a healthcare context, and the opportunities and challenges associated with this kind of change.  Is it a necessary, realistic and feasible? And what is the role of change agents and leaders in bringing it about?

Contact the Management in Medicine Programme:

All enquiries about the programme should be addressed to:

Ruth Loseby
Academic Projects Manager
Green Templeton College
Woodstock Road

Find out more about the Management in Medicine Programme.

Before I got involved in MiM, I never imagined myself as a leader. I now appreciate that medical leadership and management skills are essential for providing good patient care, and you do not have to be in a senior management role to make a real difference.”

Management in Medicine Programme participant