A group of 20 senior medical officers and GPs gathered at Ko Awatea recently to develop their leadership skills.
It was the first session of Doctors as Leaders for the year, and the second cohort overall to undergo the Building Capability training designed to help clinicians to think differently and lead in an increasingly complex health system.
Organisational development consultant Bev McClelland says the doctors were addressed by a panel of Counties Manukau Health leaders, including director of hospital services Phillip Balmer and chief medical advisor of primary care and acting Ko Awatea director Campbell Brebner.
Ms McClelland says Doctors as Leaders helps doctors go from seeing things with a predominantly clinical lens, to one that looks at the whole of system.
Another strength of the course is that it enables doctors from primary care to better understand their secondary care colleagues, and visa versa.
Participants reported time constraints and work load as factors getting in the way of more effective leadership.
Discussions included the importance of building relationships and working effectively towards patient and whanau-centred care.
“It’s about seeing a bigger picture right across the continuum,” Ms McClelland says.
Doctors as Leaders involves seven days of training from July to November 2017. The next session is to be held 8 August.