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RCP: New masters degree in medical leadership

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in partnership with Birkbeck College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has launched a new Masters Degree in Medical Leadership. The programme is aimed at doctors aspiring to leadership roles within the health sector, such as Clinical Directors, Medical Directors or Chief Executives.

This unique Medical Leadership programme has been designed specifically to meet the needs of medical practitioners. The aim is to give senior doctors a background to, and critical appreciation of, the field of organisational leadership and management. The programme focuses on the learning styles and needs of doctors, balancing academic excellence and practical application in recognised healthcare environments. The course will draw on research from the NHS, the private sector, and other health organisations.

The programme is open to fully qualified medical doctors practising within any specialty, with a minimum of one to two years specialist training (or equivalent). Progressing from a Postgraduate Certificate to a Diploma and then a Masters award, this is a part time, modular programme. The entire MSc. consists of nine modules, which can be completed in two years. Details of the course modules are in the attached document and applicants are asked to enrol by the end of July 2009.

Professor Ian Gilmore, RCP President:
"The responsibility for planning and transforming the delivery of health services for a large organisation is a complex one, and one in which doctors should be fully involved. With this in mind we have developed this programme to help prepare the next generation of medical leaders, and encourage doctors from a wide variety of backgrounds to apply."

Professor Philip Dewe, Vice Master of Birkbeck, University of London:
"The Department of Organizational Psychology is delighted to offer this new, bespoke course to help shape future medical leaders. True to our ethos of flexible and life long learning, we have designed this course for working professionals dedicated to their career progression and the future of their organization."

Professor Sir Andy Haines, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine:
"The School has been actively involved in training healthcare leaders from around the world for many years. We are delighted to be contributing to this new course with Birkbeck and the Royal College of Physicians. It is an important initiative for the future management of healthcare in the UK."

More information about the course and how to apply is available at:

For further information please contact RCP PR Manager Linda Cuthbertson on 020 7935 1174 ext.254, 0794 105 7494.

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