2014 WFMM International Medical Leaders Forum
The Quarterly 2014
The 2014 IMLF was held in conjunction with NHS Medical Directors at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Brighton, England. NHS medical directors/responsible officers held a one day conference on 4 June titled Ahead of the Curve. This was opened by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the National Medical Director of NHS England. There were informative discussions and insights about the UK revalidation program for international delegates
Professor Jenny Simpson and Dr Mike Bewick from the NHS, generously hosted the WFMM International Leaders Forum (IMLF) on 5 June with invited WFMM members and guests; the program outline is below. International delegates and UK registrants at the NHS/WFMM event was well over 120.
Study visits were organised for international delegates over two days:
On Monday June 2, 2014 delegates visited the offices of International SOS where Dr Dick Hooper, the Responsible Officer and Regional Director for global clinical governance International SOS and Dr Ray Field, the Revalidation Lead for the NHS, Dr Henrietta Hughes, Medical Director of North East London NHS, and other SOS staff led discussions around revalidation.
International SOS is an organisation of 11,000 employees, 3600 of whom are doctors; they provide services in remote places, advice, retrievals etc.
In the afternoon delegates had the opportunity to visit the Riverside Medical Practice in Vauxhall. Dr Clare Gerada (immediate past Chairperson of the Royal College of GPs) and Dr Lucy Warner (the Chief Executive of the Practitioner Health Program) hosted the visit.
In the morning of June 3, 2014 a visit was made to the St Thomas's campus of the Guys and St Thomas Foundation Trust. A tour was made of the new Evelina London Children's Hospital, with Dr Sara Hanna, the medical director. A wide ranging discussion with Dr Ian Abbs, the Medical Director of the entire Trust was included in the tour. This Trust has some 1200 - 1400 beds across two campuses; about 850 consultants and 1500 – 1750 doctors in training and some 2 million patient contacts per year.
In the afternoon delegates visited the UK Department of Health where Dr Jenny Simpson (Clinical Director of Revalidation), Dr Mike Berwick (Deputy Medical Director of NHS England) and Dr Celia Ingham-Clarke (the National Director for Reducing Premature Deaths) responded in depth to questions across a broad range of significant issues.
The WFMM Steering Committee, held its annual meeting on Friday 6 June, hosted by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management at its offices in London. Dr Roger Boyd retired as Chair of the WFMM Steering Committee with significant thanks from members. As the inaugural Chair Dr Boyd has been a significant supported and founding leader in establishing the WFMM. Dr Lee Gruner, current President of The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators took over as the Chair and will steer the WFMM into a review and development of a new Memorandum of Understanding for WFMM members.
What is the WFMM?
WFMM Mission: To develop leadership skills in clinicians and demonstrate the value proposition for doctors and physicians in leadership and management of health services worldwide.
The WFMM was formed at a meeting in Hong Kong in September 2010, when a group of doctors in senior management and leadership of health services in eight countries came together to discuss the potential value of international actions to promote clinical (medical) leadership in advancing the quality of care and performance of health services.
Since that time like minded organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and support each other to promote physician leadership and engagement.
Since 2011, WFMM has held annual International Medical Leaders Forums in association with one of its member organisation’s annual conferences. These have been held in Rome in 2011, hosted by SIMM; in San Francisco in 2012, hosted by ACPE, and in Vancouver in 2013, hosted by CSPE and the Canadian Medical Association, in 2014 hosted by the NHS (England).
In 2015 the International medical Leaders Forum will be held in Hong Kong on 20 May. Watch for information on www.wfmm.org/
Visit www.wfmm.org if you wish to know more about the World Federation of Medical Managers. Enquiries can be directed to Dr Karen Owen at
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