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Mission impossible? The definition and functions of the medical director

Mission impossible? The definition and functions of the medical director Seeks to throw light on both strategic and managerial aspects of the post of medical director. The medical director is a key executive member of the Trust Board, yet the role remains ill‐defined. The existing published guidance gives some indication of what medical directors should be doing but gives limited information about “best practice” or how to cope with the demands being made on them. A survey of medical directors in 1994 revealed the diversity of the tasks that they can be called on to perform, often with inadequate managerial and secretarial support. The survey also indicated that problems have occurred as a result of the heavy workload and unexpected multiple facets of the role. Concludes that, to make the job somewhat easier, there should be a clear core job specification which is tailored to suit the individual circumstances. This should be combined with generous support and training, together with a suitable reward package. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Manpower Management Emerald Publishing

Mission impossible? The definition and functions of the medical director

Health Manpower Management , Volume 23 (2): 5 – Apr 1, 1997

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0955-2065
DOI
10.1108/09552069710166643
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Abstract

Seeks to throw light on both strategic and managerial aspects of the post of medical director. The medical director is a key executive member of the Trust Board, yet the role remains ill‐defined. The existing published guidance gives some indication of what medical directors should be doing but gives limited information about “best practice” or how to cope with the demands being made on them. A survey of medical directors in 1994 revealed the diversity of the tasks that they can be called on to perform, often with inadequate managerial and secretarial support. The survey also indicated that problems have occurred as a result of the heavy workload and unexpected multiple facets of the role. Concludes that, to make the job somewhat easier, there should be a clear core job specification which is tailored to suit the individual circumstances. This should be combined with generous support and training, together with a suitable reward package.

Journal

Health Manpower ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1997

Keywords: Medical directors; National Health Service; Roles; Self-governing trusts

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