Student-led leadership training for undergraduate healthcare students

Ibrahim Hasanyn Naim Sheriff (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK and GKT School of Medical Education, London, UK)
Faheem Ahmed (GKT School of Medical Education, London, UK and Department for Innovation, NHS England, London, UK)
Naheed Jivraj (GKT School of Medical Education, London, UK and Department of Anesthesiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
Jonathan C.M. Wan (GKT School of Medical Education, London, UK and School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)
Jade Sampford (Department of Physiotherapy, Guy’s and Saint Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)
Na’eem Ahmed (St George’s Hospital, London, UK)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Publication date: 2 October 2017



Effective clinical leadership is crucial to avoid failings in the delivery of safe health care, particularly during a period of increasing scrutiny and cost-constraints for the National Health Service (NHS). However, there is a paucity of leadership training for health-care students, the future leaders of the NHS, which is due in part to overfilled curricula. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of student-led leadership training for the benefit of fellow students.


To address this training gap, a group of multiprofessional students organised a series of large-group seminars and small-group workshops given by notable health-care leaders at a London university over the course of two consecutive years.


The majority of students had not previously received any formal exposure to leadership training. Feedback post-events were almost universally positive, though students expressed a preference for experiential teaching of leadership. Working with university faculty, an inaugural essay prize was founded and student members were given the opportunity to complete internships in real-life quality improvement projects.


Student-led teaching interventions in leadership can help to fill an unmet teaching need and help to better equip the next generation of health-care workers for future roles as leaders within the NHS.



Ibrahim Hasanyn Naim Sheriff, Faheem Ahmed, Naheed Jivraj, Jonathan C.M. Wan, Jade Sampford and Na’eem Ahmed (2017) "Student-led leadership training for undergraduate healthcare students", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 428-431

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