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Improving patient care through effective leadership 

A multidisciplinary programme is helping clinical and non-clinical staff develop the practical skills needed to become good leaders.

A multidisciplinary programme is helping clinical and non-clinical staff develop the practical skills needed to become good leaders

A leadership course for staff at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (MKUH) is delivering results for patients too, says the programme’s senior lecturer.

‘Without a shadow of doubt, it’s having an impact,’ says Helen Cope of Buckinghamshire New University. ‘And that’s whether they are clinical or non-clinical staff.’

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The second cohort of the Leaders Engaging in Action Programme (LEAP) has just started a nine-month course, designed to build practical skills and competences. ‘It’s about the application of learning, so it's a leadership programme rather than an academic one,’ says Ms Cope.

About half the first group of 16 students were nursing staff, but this is approaching 70% for the second. ‘We’re very good at training

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