Medical Leadership Forum

When employees are engaged with their work and organisation they are more likely to perform well, this is particularly important in the context of health. In health, engagement has been shown to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services, reduce staff absenteeism and turnover, increase patient satisfaction and improve patient safety. Peter Garling in his inquiry noted that the role of clinical leaders is absolutely vital; to provide a link between clinicians and management, to drive reform and to performance manage doctors.

The NSW Medical Leadership and Engagement Forums were established to promote and support effective medical engagement and leadership across the NSW health system. The Forum membership is entirely medical, comprised of Executive Medical/Clinical Directors, Directors of Medical Services, heads of departments and services, staff specialists (salaried) and Visiting Medical Officers (non salaried), and juniors doctors. This group now acts as an advisory group to the Clinical Excellence Commission.

It is governed by the NSW Health Medical Executive Group, who organises 3-4 forums a year to promote networking and sharing of ideas, learnings and experiences.