Leadership Activities

Leadership Development Programme

A Leadership Development Programme was started in February 2014 by the Leadership Tutor with the help of Dr Patrick Marshall (at the time The Academic Head of the School of Leadership at HEKSS). The aim was to provide in-house, easily accessible and free of cost leadership development to our staff and improve the awareness and understanding of clinical leadership and its importance in improving patient care and safety.

The topics included:

  • Clinical Leadership - understanding what it really means and its importance in Healthcare
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leadership styles and leadership assessment - The Leader Tool
  • Leadership and Service Improvement
  • Leadership and Multi-disciplinary Team working
  • Leadership and Transformation – The NHS change model
  • Human Factors and Patient Safety

Due to the popularity and success of the programme the Trust has invested further into Leadership Development Days and the Foundation Leadership Programme. Please see the following sections for more information.

Junior Doctor Service Improvement Board (JDSIB)

Junior doctors provide a huge amount of direct patient care and are therefore well placed to identify how NHS services could be improved. The Keogh review reflected this with a key recommendation describing how Junior doctors and nurses had enthusiasm, ideas and energy for change which should be utilized and supported for innovation and service improvement.

At DVH a JDSIB was set up in February 2014 to support juniors with their service improvement projects to ensure real service improvement could arise from their work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals.

The Board is sponsored by the Medical Director, coordinated and co-chaired by the Leadership Tutor and a Junior Doctor Lead. It is supported and facilitated by the DME and the Chief Executive.

Each Project has a Junior doctor lead and a Consultant Mentor/Sponsor.
A local Pairing scheme was introduced to promote Joint working and collaboration on projects. As a result the majority of the current projects are jointly led by a junior doctor and another healthcare professional.
A Project Initiation Document is completed for each project to formalize the process and provide a learning experience for the project leads.
All projects are reviewed and followed up at regular board meetings. These provide the opportunity to troubleshoot problems and provide multi-disciplinary support and assistance.
Projects are presented on completion to senior members of Trust Management at the Leadership Faculty meetings and other leadership events.
At the end of the academic year arrangements are made to handover projects to ensure continuity.

Previous/Current projects

  • Safer prescribing of electrolytes
  • Junior Doctor’s Toolbox
  • Mobile Epidural
  • Enhanced recovery obstetrics
  • Fascia iliaca in fractured neck of femur
  • CT head scanning in head injury
  • Delirium Protocol
  • Foundations in Teaching
  • Virtual On-call
  • Medical Student projects

Key Outcomes

  • Increased Junior Doctor motivation and engagement in service improvement
  • Enhanced collaborative working between Junior Doctors and other Healthcare professionals ie Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists, Managers and Graduate Management Trainees
  • Opportunities for junior doctors to understand the trust governance structure by attending and representing on various governance meetings.
  • Leadership development opportunities for all involved
  • Real service improvement achieved with the different projects

Key People

  • Trust Wide Leadership Tutor: Dr Anu Relwani
  • Deputy Medical Education Manager: Mrs Tracy Jollie
  • JDSIB Chair: Dr Aranghan Lingham
  • JDSIB Co- Chair: Dr Daniel-Clement Osei-Bordom
  • JDSIB SAS Chair: Dr Rajendran Sucharita

Upcoming Meetings:

Meetings to be confirmed

JDSIB Presentations and Documents

Booklet of Presentations

Download Handbook

Project Initiation Document

Download Handbook

Leadership Development Day

The Leadership Development Days are introductory workshops that will help you develop the tools to be an influential and effective leader. It provides opportunities for you to reflect on your own leadership strength and attributes. It will help you get the best out of multi-disciplinary contexts and finally it will consider how to ensure that approaches to leadership are always consistent with excellent, patient-centred practice.

The workshops are delivered by Tutor Chris Tanner from the NHS Leadership Academy and the programme consists of:

  • Assessing leadership in self and others
  • The Healthcare Leadership Model
  • Leadership Styles and Paradigms
  • Developing high functioning teams
  • Difficult conversations
  • Developing service improvement
  • Supporting patient-centred practice

The workshops are open to all staff with an interest in developing their own leadership and the following dates are available:

If you are interested in attending the workshops or would like further information please contact Tracy Jollie on ext 8764 or via e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Foundation Leadership Programme

The Foundation Leadership Programme is an innovative programme consisting of 5 sessions that are designed to support you in sustained development of your leadership repertoire. Learning included throughout the programme will include, taught elements, action learning sets and experiential learning.

To get the most out of the programme you will be expected to attend all 5 sessions, if you unfortunately miss one of the sessions you can make this up by attending one of the standalone Leadership Development Days.

The sessions on the programme will take place on the following topics, dates, times and locations:

  • 1) Introduction to Leadership in NHS

    • Assessing leadership in self and others
    • Healthcare Leadership Model
  • 2) Leadership in MDT contexts

    • Leadership Styles and Paradigms
    • Intersection of leadership and management
    • Initiating service development
  • 3) Leadership for Improvement

    • Managing difficult conversations
    • Developing high functioning teams
  • 4) Sustaining Leadership

    • Personal well being
    • Compassion in teams
    • Supporting Patient Centre Practice
  • 5) Leadership into practice – Making a difference

    • Self-awareness and reflexivity
    • Presentations and group evaluations

If you are interested in attending the workshops or would like further information please contact Tracy Jollie on ext 8764 or via e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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