We (the TPDs) attended a meeting hosted by the Deanery regarding the topic of leadership as part of the GP training. A number of questions were raised: what is leadership, why should we be looking at leadership and how are we/could we incorporate leadership into our training programmes? The deanery has been looking at leadership in detail over recent months and now have webpage with useful tips and links. There was a general concensus that we do not always recognise that what we are teaching on the half day release is indeed related to leadership. It was also apparent, after listening to the First5 GPs who spoke at the meeting, that very few of us think that we are “leaders” – even though as part of our day to day job as GPs we need numerous leadership skills in order to function effectively.
There is no way of doing justice to the topic of leadership in such a short post, however, if you are interested and wanted to find out more there a number of websites which are worth checking out such as the NHS Leadership Academy, the RCGP and the London Leadership Academy toolkit.