Enhancing the clinical leadership of band 6 staff
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Enhancing the clinical leadership of band 6 staff

Kathleen Duffy NHS Education for Scotland nursing and midwifery practice educator, Practice Development Centre, NHS Lanarkshire, Hamilton, Scotland
Anne Carlin Teaching fellow, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, Scotland

This is the third article in a series of seven articles on an initiative in NHS Lanarkshire. Visible clinical leaders can have a significant effect on patient care and standards of practice. Over the past decade the development of clinical leadership has focused on senior charge nurses or midwives and team leaders, that is, band 7 practitioners or above. Band 6 staff ‘act up’ in these roles and therefore need to develop the associated knowledge, skills and attributes for their current practice and future progression into such roles. This article reports on the establishment, implementation and evaluation of a clinical leadership programme developed specifically for band 6 nurses, midwives and allied health professionals at one Scottish NHS board.

Correspondence kathleen.duffy@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 29, 11,40-47. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.11.40.e9090

Received: 30 April 2014

Accepted: 11 July 2014

Published in print: 12 November 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review