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Healthcare leadership

Healthcare systems around the world are facing unprecedented pressures, from changes in demographics and patient expectations to challenges in regulatory, financial and political environments. The growing demand for a robust yet affordable healthcare system is putting the system and its leaders under strain.

A dedicated team at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) has been engaging with organisations and individuals within the healthcare sector since 2010; bringing together the intellectual resources and expertise of CJBS and the wider University to address these challenges, supporting the growth of effective leadership and management in the healthcare system.

Our combination of expertise means we can offer targeted leadership support across several management disciplines, from operations management, information systems and organisational behaviour to marketing, strategy and finance. We are the only leading business school with significant industry experience delivering leadership programmes in the healthcare sector.

Our knowledge and expertise feeds directly in to our customised, Executive Education solutions. We work flexibly and in collaboration with our clients to develop bespoke solutions that support their requirements and strategies. We have delivered customised programmes on a range of topics including strategy implementation, leadership styles, change management, leading high-performance teams and innovation within health care.

Find out more about two of our Executive Education programmes:

Leading Healthcare Organisations

This programme will provide you with a framework for strategising that is particularly apt for healthcare organisations, and then guide you through the development of an outline strategy for your organisation, drawing on experiences of different types of healthcare organisations from around the world. Through this practical hands-on approach, you will be enabled to go back to your organisation, assemble an appropriate team, and develop a strategic vision and execution strategy. Find out more about the programme.   

Cambridge Chief Residents Leadership & Management Programme

Our flagship programme is designed for early career doctors who are likely to remain clinically focused during their career but are keen to engage and lead on management challenges. The aim of the programme is to support and develop doctors as future leaders of healthcare delivery and enable them to initiate improvement initiatives and take the clinical lead in such projects. The programme is an opportunity for doctors to engage with challenges of leadership and craft their solutions to issues they face.

Cambridge University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust Senior Leadership Programme

Delivered to 150 top senior leaders from clinical, nursing and managerial teams over three years in collaboration with The King's Fund, this programme is designed for current and emerging clinical leaders preparing to take on leadership roles and/or looking to strengthen their leadership skills. The aim of the programme is to develop senior clinical leaders so that they have required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others in the clinical team, Trust and wider healthcare system.

The journey of clinical leadership development

Our custom programmes are not designed as a short-term investment in the capabilities of individuals, but as long-term investments in the culture of their organisations. The goal of a clinical leadership development programme is to achieve a fundamental change of culture – away from traditional top-down command-and-control hierarchy to a culture based on an ecosystem of clinical entrepreneurs who work with peers and managers to achieve continuous improvement in the value they deliver to patients. As with all culture change, this takes time.

Cambridge Judge Business School engages with healthcare organisations on this culture change in a genuine partnership. Our job is done when the organisation sustains a new clinical leadership culture on its own.

Stefan Scholtes

Stefan Scholtes

Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management

PhD (Karlsruhe University)

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Feryal Erhun

Feryal Erhun

Reader in Operations Management

PhD (Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University)

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To find out more about our healthcare Executive Education offer, please get in touch:

Clinical leadership is about driving change from the front line, rather than waiting until it is imposed from back offices by managers or regulators.
Stefan Scholtes, Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management, Cambridge Judge Business School

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In 2017 CUH commissioned Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) and Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), along with The Kings Fund, to partner them on the development of a Senior Leadership Programme specifically designed to support them in achieving these ambitions.

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