Senior Research Fellow; Director.
Clinical leadership: the elephant in the room
Version of Record online: 4 SEP 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Volume 24, Issue 4, pages 290–305, October/December 2009
How to Cite
Edmonstone, J. (2009), Clinical leadership: the elephant in the room. Int. J. Health Plann. Mgmt., 24: 290–305. doi: 10.1002/hpm.959
- Issue online: 27 NOV 2009
- Version of Record online: 4 SEP 2008
- clinical leadership;
- general management leadership;
- professional practice;
- challenges for clinical leadership
The article explores the concept of clinical leadership in the National Health Service in the UK by seeking to establish a workable definition and by contrasting it with managerial leadership, focussing on the ‘disconnected hierarchy’ in professional organizations. It proposes that the problems faced by clinical leadership relate to the current nature of general management in the NHS and concludes by suggesting that clinical leadership is the ‘elephant in the room’—often ignored or unaddressed. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.