Managing and leading educational initiatives in response to the Cancer Plan
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Managing and leading educational initiatives in response to the Cancer Plan

Annette Thomas Gregory Senior lecturer, HSHS (formerly Homerton School of Health Studies), Institute of Health and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and Chelmsford

With the advent of the Cancer Plan (DH 2000a) the organisation of cancer services has developed along the lines of a bureaucratic management structure, with ‘top down’ methods that enable formal implementation of cancer directives, yet do little to inspire or influence adaptation of deep seated cultural practice. This paper focuses on the dual role of the educator in managing and leading educational initiatives in response to the Cancer Plan. The concept of distributed leadership is presented as a potential means of reconciling the transformational/transactional divide, and a case is made for a ‘mix and match’ approach to management and leadership behaviours.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 6, 7, 31-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp2007.09.6.7.31.c4187

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