Maybe they aren’t all bad
- By: Sarah Welsh
Relationships between junior doctors and healthcare managers have not always been great.
Doctors and managers share many attributes, however, not least the desire to create a successful healthcare system.
Management involves getting people together to accomplish goals and objectives, using the available resources efficiently and effectively. Surely if it helps to achieve this aim, doctors would want a positive relationship with the people who direct and control their skills in an organisation? Not always. Medics often view their colleagues who move over into management with suspicion, as if they are moving over to the “dark side.” They see it as taking away the clinical focus and distracting doctors from doing their job.
At a recent conference at the King’s Fund, London, about leadership and management in healthcare, managers were discussed in a different light. Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund told delegates, “We require a partnership between doctors