Helping NHS doctors become better managers

Academic: Professor I Kirkpatrick, Leeds University Business School

Patient healthcare has been shown to improve when doctors and clinicians are closely involved in the management of health services. However, it can be difficult for clinicians to spend time in the boardroom and the operating theatre.

Professor Ian Kirkpatrick has made a significant contribution to increasing understanding of this problem - and proposing ways to overcome it. This research has been distilled into training and educational material which has been delivered to National Health Service (NHS) staff and guidance which has been used by NHS organisations to improve practice. This research is having an impact by contributing to improved and more efficient patient healthcare in several NHS trusts in the UK.