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Program Overview

The RACMA 2021 Leadership for Clinicians program will be delivered online. The aims of the program are to empower clinician leaders with the knowledge, skills, confidence and self-awareness to play a central role in decision making within their healthcare and community services. The Program will explore six key study themes:

1. Understanding our healthcare system

2. Clinical governance and medicolegal awareness

3. Medical workforce management and engagement

4. Leading strategy and change

5. Financial governance

6. Professionalism, leadership and culture

The six key study themes will be addressed through eight topics delivered online in 2021. Each topic will incorporate self-directed learning, live interactive sessions conducted using the Zoom platform and reflective tasks.

The eight topics are:

The health system in every developed country is an extraordinarily complex set of organisations and stakeholder relationships. Healthcare systems deliver a wide range of services, from public health and preventive services in the community, to primary health care, emergency health services, hospital-based treatment in public and private hospitals, and rehabilitation and palliative care.

Management at both a corporate and local level requires application of recognised business system principles as they apply to healthcare delivery. Understanding and applying system theory in healthcare can lead to improved patient outcomes. Understanding best practice and continuous improvement will contribute to organisational excellence.

Effective Clinical Leaders achieve best outcomes for patients by balancing the operations’ management and healthcare delivery in the health system. Functional knowledge and understanding of healthcare systems, as well as recognition of individual accountability is required.

Understanding the role of the Clinical Leader in healthcare risk management, supporting and leading clinical governance and dealing with the challenges that arise as part of management roles are essential underpinnings for effective clinical leaders.

Health care planning necessitates activity at the tactical, operational, strategic and political level. Successful leaders approach problems strategically and they understand the value of a strategic framework and how strategic thinking helps manage changing environments. Importantly they know when a strategy requires modification to deliver the desired outcomes. Strategic leaders will explore problems from different angles, seek different points of view, and bring others along on the journey to identify solutions.

Clinical Leaders must be able to manage and allocate resources and understand priorities for healthcare expenditure. A foundation knowledge of accounting principles, processes and procedures and their general application to the health care system are important. Fundamental accounting practices, developing and implementing a budget for decision-making and managerial control, cost concepts, and the different methods of budgeting skills will be developed. The difference between technical and allocative efficiency and the allocation of scarce resources is a continuing management challenge, and familiarity with methods used to prioritise the distribution of finite fiscal resources is essential.

To achieve best outcomes for patients the healthcare system requires a balance of operations’ management and delivery. Clinical Leaders need to understand the areas of employment, governance and development of skills for managing a medical workforce. Human resource management is an essential skill for medical managers. It is important to have a clear understanding of the legal/industrial requirements in medical staff management/employment. Explore recruitment, employment, performance, wellbeing, professional development, workforce planning and workplace culture.

Underpinning professional health management is information and its management. Health Information systems require significant investment in capital, as well as human resources. An understanding of modern information systems, e-health, big data and artificial intelligence is required, including the potential benefits and risks they bring. A sound understanding of policy, strategy, governance, technology, human factors and cost benefits of e-health is essential.

Clinician Leaders have an important role in advocacy, inclusion and diversity. Contemporary leadership in healthcare requires clinicians to have the skills to work as part of a high performing multidisciplinary clinical leadership team. Reflection on each of the learning areas will be undertaken and together the group explores the key learnings and lessons learnt.  In addition, essential ‘soft-skill’ competencies required by Clinicians are also explored. The value of a professional support network and the development of a personal professional management development plan are explored.

Successful completion of the Leadership for Clinicians program is a RACMA Board approved pathway to apply to elect to Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

Associate Fellows of RACMA can use the post nominals ‘AFRACMA’ in accordance with the policy Membership signature blocks and post nominals.

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