Clinical Leadership and Engagement

Engagement is a crucial component of high performing and highly reliable health systems. In healthcare, engagement has been shown to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services, reduce staff absenteeism and turnover, increase patient satisfaction and improve patient safety. In the 2008 inquiry into Acute Care Services in NSW Public Hospitals, Peter Garling noted that the role of clinical leaders is absolutely vital. It provides a link between clinicians and management, to drive reform and to performance manage doctors.

NSW Medical Leadership and Engagement Forums

The NSW Medical Leadership and Engagement Forums were established to promote and support effective medical engagement and leadership across the NSW health system. The Forum membership is comprised of Executive Medical/Clinical Directors, Directors of Medical Services, Medical Heads of Departments and services, Staff Specialists (salaried) and Visiting Medical Officers (non-salaried). This group now acts as an advisory group to the Clinical Excellence Commission.

The Forums are governed by the NSW Health Medical Executive Group, who organise 3-4 forums each year. The NSW Medical Leadership and Engagement Forums promote networking and sharing of ideas, learnings and experiences.