Last week I was lucky enough to attend the end of year conference from the North-West Medical Leadership School (NWMLS), held jointly with the Mersey Medical Leadership School. Titled ‘Learning from our mistakes and how we continue to learn; two years on from the Francis Report’, it did pretty much exactly what it said on the tin. The organisers had done a great job of bringing together some really engaging speakers covering topics that they were clearly passionate about, resulting in a really interesting and inspiring day. As a topic area, leadership and management are not always the most attractive prospects for doctors and can often be met by a degree of apathy or even scorn. I don’t think many of us went in to medicine with a specific desire to lead people or get in to ‘management’, but if I had any doubts about this before last Friday, they were well and truly quashed before the first coffee break. I hope that a quick run through the highlights of the day will demonstrate exactly why.
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