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Yvonne Coghill: resilience is key to good leadership

Resilience, drive and energy are essential traits for people in leadership positions in the NHS, especially for those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, says Yvonne Coghill. 
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Resilience, drive and energy are essential traits for people in leadership positions in the NHS, especially for those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, says Yvonne Coghill

As the dust settles on the recent presidential election in the United States, and the world starts to come to terms with Donald Trump as the US president-elect, my thoughts are still with Hillary Clinton.

Whatever your political views, you have to admire her resilience; she has been in politics for decades but still has the drive, energy and commitment to keep pushing forward and trying to make a difference.

Resilience is a crucial part of leadership success, as identified by NHS Improvement chief nurse Ruth May when she launched the organisations new

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Resilience, drive and energy are essential traits for people in leadership positions in the NHS, especially for those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, says Yvonne Coghill 


Resilience, drive and energy are essential traits for those in
leadership positions in the NHS. Picture: Getty

As the dust settles on the recent presidential election in the United States, and the world starts to come to terms with Donald Trump as the US president-elect, my thoughts are still with Hillary Clinton.

Whatever your political views, you have to admire her resilience; she has been in politics for decades but still has the drive, energy and commitment to keep pushing forward and trying to make a difference. 

Resilience is a crucial part of leadership success, as identified by NHS Improvement chief nurse Ruth May when she launched the organisation’s new ‘buddy’ scheme for nurse leaders. 

Strong and resilient 

Part of a new programme of support for future chief nurses, all deputy directors of nursing in England have been invited to be matched with and receive mentoring from a director of nursing. 

Resilience, drive and energy are essential traits for those in leadership positions in the NHS, especially for those from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds who we know have less favourable experiences than their white counterparts. 

Dr May says we need to think about how we can provide peer support to directors of nursing when they need it, so they can continually succeed. I would say we need to provide peer support to all our nurse leaders, paying particular attention to those from BME backgrounds. 

In these increasingly demanding and somewhat turbulent times, the NHS needs a strong and resilient workforce who can deliver safe and effective patient care. 


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Yvonne Coghill is director of the Workforce Race Equality Standard implementation programme at NHS England 

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