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1 March 2011
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Engaging doctors: what can we learn from trusts with high levels of medical engagement

By Atkinson, S., Spurgeon, P., Clark, J. and Armit, K.
Published by NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Medical engagement in the leadership and management of healthcare organisations is a key determinant of organisational success. This short paper shares the key findings from a study of seven trusts which achieved high Medical Engagement Scale (MES) scores from an initial survey involving 30 trusts in England.

This paper seeks to describe the actions and initiatives taken by these Trusts to achieve high levels of engagement and thereby to make this ‘best practice’ available to others. The research clearly indicates that medical engagement plays a crucial role in supporting organisational achievement and that leadership is essential in creating the appropriate culture for medical engagement to flourish.

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