Episode 9: Leadership

Author: Eoghan Colgan    @eoghan_colgan
Special Guest: Dave Caesar @EM_Doc_CAESAR



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Guest Bios

Dave Caesar

National Clinical Advisor (Secondary Care Services) to the CMO (Scotland)
Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Edinburgh

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Dave was appointed as National Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer (Scotland) in February 2016, advising on secondary care services including establishing the Scottish Trauma Network in 2017, as well as engaging with the clinical workforce and civil service on the National Clinical Strategy, Realistic Medicine, workforce issues and leadership.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and is a trustee of the Medic 1 Trust and Save a Life for Scotland charities.


He continues to work a full on-call rota at the Emergency Department in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he has previously been the Training Programme Director and Clinical Director.  Prior to taking up his current role in the Scottish Government, he was Associate Medical Director at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

This portfolio affords him some time away from being out-negotiated by his 3 small children

Show Notes

Eoghan and Dave discuss the benefits of great leadership, some of the qualities of great leaders and how to take steps to improve your leadership ability

Take Home Points

There are lots of attributes that can be applied to great leaders. Some of those include:

  • Being humble
  • Being curious
  • Identifying your own imperfections
  • An eagerness and preparedness to change (it will require effort for some)


Good leadership practice/culture can have a positive effect on patient outcomes

  • Discuss it with your colleagues and find ways to support better practice in our own depts.


 If you’re keen to learn – be curious

  • Explore local resources
  •  Local health boards
  •  Local education boards



Project Lift: www.projectlift.scot

NHS education for Scotland: www.nes.scot.nhs.uk

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