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Clinical leadership involves a number of skills which occuring in various combinations enable individuals to lead clinical decision making and opinion, clinical teams and clinical policy development.

Clinical leadership skills to some degree reflects leadership criteria in other walks of life but also involve particular knowledge, skills and behaviour attained through professional training, continuing professional development and on the job experience.

Historical viewEdit

In the early years of the profession clinical leadership was provided by the medical profession. However as we developed our own professional autonomy psychologists turned increasingly to their own structures for leadership while in recent years the development of a greater emphasis on multidisciplinary teamwork has led to a mixed economy of leadership within which psychologists have had to play their part.

References and bibliographyEdit


  • Jones, Robert and Jenkins, Fiona, (2006) (eds)

Managing and leading in the allied health professions. Oxford : Radcliffe, ISBN 9781857757064 ISBN 1857757068


  • Alimo-Metcalfe, B. and Alban-Metcalfe, J. Leadership: time for a new direction? Leadership 2005, 1 (1), 51-71
  • Alimo-Metcalfe, B. and Alban-Metcalfe, J. The myths and morality of leadership in the NHS. Clinician in Management 2004, 12 (2), 49-53
  • Detmer, S. Clinical leadership in nursing : the RN as integrator. In: Rocchiccioli, J. and Tilbury, M.S. Clinical leadership in nursing. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 1998, p.101-113
  • Malby, B. Clinical leadership. Advanced Practice Nursing Quarterly 1998, 3 (4), 40-43
  • Reader, P. The future of clinical leadership in primary care and PCTs: an NHS Alliance discussion paper. Retford: NHS Alliance, 2006
  • Wheatley, MJ. (1999)Leadership and the new science: discovering order in a chaotic world. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler,

External linksEdit

Blair, G. The difference between management and leadership. Full text

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