Clinical Leadership Fellow 2016-2017
Dr Stefan Williams spent a year out from his neurology registrar training to undertake a clinical leadership fellow post in 2016/17. He worked on the Connected Health Cities project, the Bradford Diagnostic Virtual Ward, and improvement of pathways of care for patients with functional neurological symptoms.
Stefan shared some reflections after his year working with the Improvement Academy as a Clinical Leadership Fellow:
The contacts and connections made during my leadership fellow year have been invaluable. I am currently studying an MD clinical research degree at the University of Leeds. My collaborators and supervisors for this multidisciplinary research project directly result from connections made during my leadership fellow year. I would not be doing this exciting postgraduate research if I had not undertaken a clinical leadership fellowship. I am supervising four medical students undertaking small research and service development projects. These projects were devised and applied for during my leadership fellow year, and two of them directly relate to work begun during that year.
During my period as a clinical leadership fellow, I set up a new pathway within Bradford Teaching Hospitals, to allow inpatients requiring urgent tests to leave hospital earlier. The ‘Bradford Diagnostic Ward’ was successfully implemented, and continues as a clinical service within that trust .In addition to these tangible outputs, the clinical leadership fellow year has helped me to develop valuable professional skills, knowledge and contacts that I will continue to use. For example, I feel that I have developed an ability to foster and lead new multidisciplinary collaborations and communications, as well as a better ability to clearly communicate clinical problems and benefits to diverse audiences.
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