1st Edition

The Leadership Hike
Shaping Primary Care Together

ISBN 9780367236984
Published August 20, 2020 by CRC Press
380 Pages 51 Color & 19 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

This timely, engaging and practical book explores why leadership matters in primary care, and how everyone can discover their leadership potential and use it to make a difference. Tailored specifically to the needs of primary care, and full of real-life clinical and management scenarios, the authors - both GPs as well as highly experienced leadership mentors - demonstrate how learning the art of leadership can be a significant and rewarding part of personal and professional development.

Table of Contents




Section 1: Our landscape: the complex world in which we work and lead

1. Context and organisational culture and how to influence it

2. Perspectives on leadership

Section 2: Ourselves: Knowing me …

3. Reach higher, dig deeper

4. Inspire confidence and connection

5. Play to your strengths

6. Don’t fit in

7. Use your limits

Section 3: Our teams: Travelling well together

8. How we communicate is a choice we make

9. The art of a good conversation

10. Navigating communication complexities

11. Help people to grow

12. Keep people on track

13. Become a team

14. Energise and motivate

15. Lead the team to be their best

16. Adapt and survive

Section 4: Our route and destination: Creating a path

17. Clarify vision and direction

18. Help the team to get more, and better, ideas

19. Create buy-in and build consensus

20. Chair effectively

Section 5: Our tools: Making things better

21. What could be better?

22. Understand the problem

23. Treat improvement like an experiment and measure it

24. Change and how to manage it

Section 6: A view from the top: A wider horizon

25. Be yourself


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Amar Rughani was a senior partner in Chapelgreen practice Sheffield (30 years), Former Associate postgraduate Dean Yorkshire & the Humber GP School, Provost RCGP South Yorkshire North Trent faculty, former MRCGP examiner and curriculum developer and Honorary senior clinical lecturer at Sheffield University.

In his educational career, he has developed personal development plans and written books for doctors and dentists on the subject. He has also written a book ‘Becoming a GP’ to help GP trainees preparing for the MRCGP and has contributed to a number of other GP books as co-author. He was blueprinting clinical lead for the RCGP and helped to develop the licensing examination(MRCGP) and the first GP curriculum. In recent years he has been developing leadership training and mentorship in Yorkshire & Humber deanery and it is this experience that informs this new book.

Dr Joanna Bircher is a GP in Greater Manchester. She is Clinical Director to the RCGP/Greater Manchester GP Excellence Programme, Clinical lead for Quality Improvement at Tameside and Glossop CCG , a Generation Q Fellow of the Health Foundation and a board member of AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance). She has a Masters degree in Leadership for Quality Improvement from Ashridge Business School and is co-author of the RCGP Guide to Quality Improvement. Her particular interest is in making established QI methodology relevant and accessible for Primary Care.


"Congratulations to Amar and Joanna on a fabulous Opus. I fear that too many programs and fellowships are making colleagues believe that leadership is easy. We bear the scars of the ‘Hike’. Your insights and wisdom are vital."- Professor Simon Gregory, Deputy Medical Director for Primary and Integrated Care at Health Education England

"I have read the first chapter and it is really excellent. It reads very nicely and is engaging. Some really complex problems at the moment, so might skip to sections to help with those! Thanks again and congratulations on such a brilliant addition to the Primary Care literature." -Professor Dominic Patterson, Head of GP Education, Yorkshire & Humber, UK

"I bought my copy. I'll now treasure it, and certainly read it again at some later stage.It's extremely well written, and easily readable -not always the case in medical books. This readability makes the complicated ideas re team assessing and building accessible." -Dr Andy Hershon MBChB MRCGP