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8 November 2017
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Leaders in Healthcare 2017

The second annual Leaders in Healthcare conference came to a successful conclusion last week after an outstanding line-up of speakers, many new connections forged and much learning for FMLM members and others to take back to their organisations.

Four keynote speakers took part in this year’s event including Sir Bruce Keogh, who gave his reflections on his decade as National Medical Director NHS England, and Nicky Moffat CBE, formerly the highest-ranking woman in the British Army, who told us of the importance of setting clear objectives for teams, but giving them the freedom to complete them in the best way they see fit. 

Afghan refugee and activist Gulwali Passarlay spoke about his experiences as a child refugee travelling across Europe - teaching us all something about learned helplessness and resilience - and Deborah Rowland, who has previously managed large-scale operations for international organisations including BBC and Shell, closed the conference by reminding us that good leadership begins with knowing yourself.

The conference pre-day included the well-attended Tribalism and leadership session, where clinicians and non-clinical managers learnt about the damaging impact that 'tribe mentality' has within the NHS.

Day one of the main conference hosted sessions from a variety of speakers including a panel discussion with the Chief Medical Officers of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and an interactive session with the founders of ‘Humans of the NHS’.

The afternoon of day one featured the FMLM Fellow's ceremony, where newly appointed Founding Fellows of FMLM were honoured and presented with their award of Founding Fellowship from outgoing FMLM Chair Sir Neil Douglas, in a ceremony presided over by incoming FMLM Chair Clare Marx.

Day two of Leaders in Healthcare began with FMLM's breakfast session Banishing the dark side!, where members from students to medical directors convened to discuss the mission of the Faculty and their hopes for the future.

This was followed by the first keynote speaker of day two, Sir Bruce Keogh, who spoke about the challenges the NHS has overcome and the ones it will face in the future. Sir Bruce encouraged delegates, citing the founding of the NHS after WWII to show that good things can come from uncertain political times.

On day two there was also an interactive talk on Reaching Out to the Millennial Generation, and delegates heard different perspectives on leadership from the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Chief Dental Officer and Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England.

The penultimate streams of the day focused on leadership across boundaries with the Medical Director of Defence Medical Services Richard Withnall, and a talk on the role of patient leaders in the NHS.

We wish to thank all those who came to the conference and in particular our members, whose expertise and passion made Leaders in Healthcare a valuable experience for anyone interested in leadership.

If you were unable to attend but want to know more about Leaders in Healthcare, please visit the website, search the #LeadersHealth17 Twitter hashtag or the Twitter handle @LeadersHealth to see running commentary from delegates.

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