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Mission impossible? The definition and functions of the medical director

Susie Leigh (Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School, London, UK)
Karin Newman (Reader and head of the Marketing and Service Quality Research Centre at Middlesex University Business School, London, UK)

Health Manpower Management

ISSN: 0955-2065

Article publication date: 1 April 1997

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.

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Leigh, S. and Newman, K. (1997), "Mission impossible? The definition and functions of the medical director", Health Manpower Management, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 44-48. https://doi.org/10.1108/09552069710166643

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