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Case for junior clinical leadership teams
  1. Dr Chee Yeen Fung,
  2. Dr Meelad Sayma
  1. Fellows’ Unit, NHS England, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Chee Yeen Fung, NHS England, Skipton House, London SE1 6LH, UK; cheeyeenfung{at}

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Junior clinicians are fundamental to clinical service provision. They are heavily involved in quality improvement and research and are becoming increasingly important in the delivery of medical education and clinical leadership.1 2 The volume of front-line clinical activity that junior clinicians undertake, and their relative unfamiliarity with the status quo, place them in a unique position to contribute meaningfully to such activities.3 Currently, junior involvement in clinical leadership has been mostly supportive, often providing representational insight to larger and more senior leadership teams.4 However, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a new opportunity for junior clinicians to contribute more substantively in leading healthcare systems, particularly in the form of junior clinical leadership teams.5

Formal clinical leadership opportunities for junior clinicians do exist as fellowship roles. These experiences tend to focus on supporting leadership skills development under guidance from senior clinical leaders and are often combined with a designated project or a formalised educational curriculum.6 In these roles, junior clinicians are effectively able to contribute to successful legacy projects, culture change and improved healthcare outcomes.7 …

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  • Contributors CYF and MS both contributed to the planning, design, conducting, reporting, drafting, revision and final approval of the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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