Integrated Leadership Capability: building a model for today and tomorrow

Cathryn Keenan, Julie Galloway, Lynne Bickerstaff, Fiona McAlinden, Barbara Workman, Bernice Redley

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In 2010, the senior management team at Kingston Centre, a stand-alone 315 bed sub-acute, residential and aged persons mental health service located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, embarked on an ambitious leadership development strategy to meet both current and projected challenges facing their service. This case study provides a description of the development, implementation and early outcomes of a local inter professional development program for frontline leaders. A three stage collaborative inter professional approach was used that included aspirational planning, gap analyses, local solution development, action learning sets and ongoing professional support. Strong ward based inter professional leadership and active and visible nursing leadership around the clock were essential to success. Ongoing leadership development for all staff groups is a key component of succession planning to ensure that the service is well positioned to meet future challenges. The findings provide useful learnings for similar organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19 - 23
Number of pages5
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Health Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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