Strathclyde Business School leads research on enhancing leadership capabilities among NHS professionals 

Strathclyde Business School researchers have partnered with one of the UK's leading medical leadership research and development bodies to launch a new project on enhancing collaborative and 'distributed' leadership in health and care. 

The project is led by Professor Ioanna Nixon, who combines her role as professor of practice at Strathclyde Business School with her work as an NHS Scotland Clinical Director and consultant oncologist. Professor Nixon's team include Professor Colin Lindsay and Dr Tony McCarthy (both WEO, Strathclyde Business School) and Dr Katie Willocks of Manchester Metropolitan University. The research is supported by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), an intercollegiate professional body which promotes excellence in leadership on behalf of all doctors and supports leadership development for its more than 2,600 members. 

The Strathclyde-led research is supported by/undertaken in partnership with FMLM as part of its mission to promote, support and contribute to healthcare leadership research.  

Distributed leadership has been defined as “an approach to leadership that endorses work practices that combine knowledge, abilities and skills of many individuals… thus creating opportunities for leadership to emerge from individuals at all grades and levels within a team or organisation”. Distributed leadership has been shown to have contributed to the resilience of health and care systems in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. The Strathclyde team will work with NHS leaders at various levels to explore how health and care teams can best support and deploy distributed leadership. An event in autumn 2023 will share findings from the research and engage with health and care leaders. 
More information about the project can be found at: 


Published: 2 August 2023

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