Poor leadership has been identified as one of the most important obstacles to health systems development.
Here is an article reflecting on the experience of the Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme in training leaders for the South African health system.
Colleagues and I have just published a new article in the journal, Global Health Action.
It is titled Strengthening expertise for health technology assessment and priority-setting in Africa.
As the article explains, “The focus on priority-setting is in response to the urgent need to ensure scarce resources are used effectively in support of Universal Health Coverage, and the scant literature discussing how technical economic evaluations should be integrated into highly political and complex priority-setting processes. Researchers’ roles in developing capacity in these areas are highlighted because few African governments have technology assessment units that can take responsibility for driving formal priority-setting processes.”
One of the key reasons for weak public health systems is poor leadership.
It is urgent to up-skill aspirant leaders if countries want to achieve universal health coverage.
Here are some tips on how to do this in a way that is sensitive to the needs of workplaces:
Doherty J, Gilson L. 2015. Workplace-based learning for health systems leaders. London: RESYST Consortium.
Here is the link for a briefing document I produced recently on the topic of clinical leadership:
Doherty J. 2014. Leadership from ‘below:’ clinical staff and public hospitals in South Africa. Briefing note No. 4. Municipal Services Project. Available at: http://www.municipalservicesproject.org/publication/leadership-below-clinical-staff-and-public-hospitals-south-africa
In earlier posts I’ve referred to two relatively lengthy reports on clinical leadership – one a literature review and the other reporting findings from interviews with clinical leaders in South African district hospitals.
The main findings from these reports are now summarised in a policy note that is applicable to practitioners from other sectors.
Here is a report based on interviews with clinical staff at South African district hospitals about their leadership roles:
2014_Improving public hospitals through clinical leadership
The study was conducted for the Municipal Services Project which is located at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape, Republic of South Africa, and funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada.
Here is a review of international and South African literature on the concept of clinical leadership in hospitals: Strengthening clinical leadership in hospitals: a review of international and South African literature
The review was conducted for the Municipal Services Project which is located at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape, Republic of South Africa, and funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada.