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‘Magnificent seven’ identified as future NHS leaders

Seven physiotherapists in England have been awarded prestigious NHS fellowships that aim to identify and develop tomorrow’s leaders.

As part of the National Clinical Leadership (NCL) Fellowship programme 2011-12, the physios will design and implement a service transformation project in their workplace.

Their projects will be linked to the NHS Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme, and the fellows will work towards gaining a postgraduate certificate in leadership and service improvement.

Rachel Kirkwood, a physio by background who is based with NHS West Midlands, is the programme lead. She said seven of the 60 clinicians on the programme are physios.

‘The programme was open to clinicians in all healthcare settings who have the potential to bring fresh ideas and new ways of working to benefit patients’ services, to provide better value for money and help drive out waste.’

One fellow is Sarah Withers, a consultant physiotherapist and clinical lead for a community-based musculoskeletal service run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

‘I am absolutely thrilled to gain a place on the programme as it shows the Department of Health values clinical leadership and its impact on service improvement,’ she said.

The other physios are

  • Peter Eckersley from Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust,
  • Sally Greensmith from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
  • Vicky Mulvana from NHS Yorkshire and the Humber,
  • Orla Reddington from Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust,
  • Guarav Sharma from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, and
  • Kate Taylor from NHS North Staffordshire.


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