Managing doctors, doctors managing

Good working relationships between doctors and managers are critical for the safety and quality of NHS care. Yet recent reports have referred to a ‘gulf’ between the two groups | Nuffield Trust

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This research uses a detailed survey of doctors and managers at board and middle-management levels of NHS acute trusts, along with interviews and a focus group, to understand their views on the current state of the doctor–manager relationship in the UK, the pressures it is coming under, how it has changed, and the outlook for the future. Looking back on a survey from 2002 by the same authors, which identified similar themes, allows the research to examine what has changed over a decade of political turmoil, what has not, and where policy-makers and NHS leaders might look to improve the pivotal relationship between doctors and managers in future

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