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Medical Engagement and Organisational Performance

Literature Review

A research study to assess the links between medical engagement and organisational and service performance has been completed. The study included a literature review of medical engagement and leadership, undertaken by Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund whilst in his previous role at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham.

Engaging Doctors in Leadership: Review of the literature Engaging Doctors in Leadership: Review of the literature

International Experience and Research Evidence

A report reviewing the potential learning from international experience and research evidence on engaging doctors in leadership is also available, Engaging Doctors in Leadership: What we can learn from international experience and research evidence Engaging Doctors in Leadership: What we can learn from international experience and research evidence

Semi Structured Interviews

A series of semi structured interviews with senior leaders from several of the high and low performing trusts across the country (as defined by the Health Care Commission, 2006).

Medical Engagement Scale 

The Medical Engagement Scale (MES) is designed to assess medical engagement in management and leadership in NHS organisations. The tool assesses an organisation’s overall level of medical engagement as well as levels of specific subscales that make up the resulting score. This enables feedback on overall levels and areas where development or improvement is required. For more information see the Medical Engagement Scale webpage, which you can access from the menu on the right side of this page.


You can access the report MES Phase Two Pilot and Development of Medical Norms MES Phase Two Pilot and Development of Medical Norms.pdf here (148.76 KB).

 

Engaging Doctors: Can doctors influence organisational performance?

This is a summary publication of activities undertaken to investigate the link between medical engagement and organisational performance including:

  • The literature review
  • Semi structured interviews with NHS Chief Executives and Medical Directors
  • Development of a Medical Engagement Scale designed to help organisations evaluate levels of medical engagement and develop strategies to improve it.

The publication also describes the Medical Leadership Competency Framework and provides real examples of good practice in medical engagement. The findings demonstrate that engaging doctors at all levels is an important factor in improving organisational performance and patient services.

This publication is available, Engaging Doctors: Can doctors influence organisational performance? Engaging Doctors: Can doctors influence organisational performance?

 

Some further examples of good practice in medical engagement are available  here (here 55.41 KB).