Developing a nurse-led clinic using transformational leadership
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Developing a nurse-led clinic using transformational leadership

Mamood Gousy Principal lecturer, Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science, University of Greenwich, London, England
Kim Green Pain clinical nurse specialist, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Dartford, England

Nurses are at the forefront of implementing and managing change, given constantly changing healthcare services and the increase in demand for health care. Therefore, it is important to identify the best style of leadership to engage nurses in implementing service-led improvements. This article explores the effects of transformational leadership in bringing about service-led improvements in health care, using the example of setting up a nurse-led acupuncture clinic to optimise the care of patients with chronic pain. Transformational leadership was used throughout the project – from the initial local planning, training and development, through to liaising with the appropriate staff and deciding on an evaluation strategy. Transformational leadership proved to be an effective way to engage and empower nurses and other members of the chronic pain team to enable them to achieve the project aims.

Nursing Standard. 29, 30, 37-41. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.30.37.e9481

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 11 August 2014

Accepted: 03 November 2014