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The Health Management Experience

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The Health Management Experience

The move back to clinicians as managers in the health sector is a welcome development. However transitioning them into a management role is a critical move. Identifying some of the success factors to ensure the transition from clinician to manager is achieved and then developing practical skills for managers is a key component of the findings and developments arising from action based research undertaken by Diana MacDonald, Management Consultant with Dynamic Leadership Limited.

Diana, states; 'We often take a highly skilled clinician who is brilliant in their clinical specialty and recruit them into management. In a generalist role as a manager their specialist clinical knowledge is valuable however their primary focus and learning needs is in general management. This shift in focus requires a transition if the changeover is to be successful. They will not lose their ability to view issues from a clinical perspective but now their view must be broader.

The research findings are a direct result of working alongside hundreds of people within health and social services in a multitude of settings, over many years and facing a significant range of challenges. Diana MacDonald has identified some of the trends and states 'The research findings identify the same challenges arising repeatedly for a number of clinical managers that are created by the same or a similar underlying problems. They require the same remedy although the solution may be packaged differently due to the variables from one organisation to another.' The action based research has attempted to identify the underlying themes to the repetitive challenges and find an overall solution in training.

Diana has taken the themes, identified some of the gaps and in 2008 piloted several four day training courses of practical skills for managers. The course is now offered to all healthcare providers. Information and bookings for the course can be found on the Dynamic Leadership Limited website www.dynamicleadership.co.nz. Places are limited to twelve per course so early bookings are essential.

The full research paper is available on our website; under Training/ Practical Skills for Managers/

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