Leadership and management for all doctors

Hospital doctors

The General Medical Councils (GMCs) guidance on leadership and management for all doctors sets out the principal duties of doctors in the workplace.

The guidance came into effect in March 2012 and replaces the previous guidance ‘Management for doctors(2006).

This new guidance sets out the duties and principles that apply to all doctors and covers the extra responsibilities that may only apply to some doctors, for example, doctors with management or leadership responsibilities at a personal, team, organisation or policy level.

This may include doctors working in formal management roles, such as clinical or medical directors, or doctors who are responsible for supervising and managing staff, resources and services.

As the guidance applies to all doctors, it will be used differently depending on the seniority of the doctor – for example a junior doctor and a consultant would be expected to show different skills and qualities in leadership. Listed below are the areas the guidance goes into detail on, including:

  • leadership
  • respect for colleagues
  • communication within and between teams
  • responsibility and accountability
  • ensuring high standards of care
  • performance review and revalidation
  • keeping up to date
  • information governance
  • recruitment, rewards and compensation
  • induction and mentoring
  • supervision
  • teaching and training
  • grievance, performance and health
  • writing references
  • allocating resources
  • honesty, integrity and conflicts of interest.

To read the full guidance, please visit the GMCs website.

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