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Senior Clinicians

As qualified nurses, therapists and doctors move from service delivery into strategic and managerial roles, many join MiP to access the support and services they need in their new positions. Working with the clinical unions and professional bodies, we ensure that our clinician members are as well supported and protected in the management aspects of their jobs as they are in their specialist professional development.

Group of senior clinical staff sat in a circle

For years, governments of all stripes have worked to get more clinicians into NHS management positions. This shift began in earnest with the 1983 Griffiths report, and ran through to Lord Darzi’s 2008 Next Stage Review to the goals talked of by health secretary Jeremy Hunt: at MiP’s 2007 Members’ Summit, health minister Philip Dunne told members that “I want to see more clinicians taking responsibility for running their organisations.”

MiP fully supports the move to bring more clinical expertise into health management, and works to ensure that senior clinicians are supported through the unique challenges of management roles – which bring a unique set of legal, organisational and professional risks.  

Our specialist services have attracted a range of senior clinicians, such as lead nurses, nurse ward managers, clinician therapy service managers, and qualified doctors working in managerial roles. Many are also members of clinical unions, including the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. And we work in partnership with these organisations to protect and defend our members – both in their interactions with employers, and in relation to regulators such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

As well as our members within NHS trusts, MiP also serves senior clinicians working for private and voluntary sector health providers, and for commissioning bodies such as CCGs.
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