The clinical perspectives that PEC Chairs and Members contribute to PCT decision-making and the leadership of change are of enormous importance. Clinicians have a set of development needs that are unique to this role; we need to take the time to understand them. Appraisal and development can help us to gain the maximum effect from the time we have to invest in our PEC activities.
The processes set out in these documents have been distilled from over 100 interviews with PEC Chairs, complemented by experience of NatPaCT Associate Directors and PEC Member development programmes. The work also draws on the ‘Development Framework’ for PEC Chairs’, commissioned by the Leadership Centre in order to provide detailed definition of the responsibilities of the role along with the attributes, knowledge and skill necessary for effective performance. This will be available soon and in addition to providing this detailed information role also links the qualities identified as important to PEC Chair to the NHS Leadership Qualities Framework.
They provide a menu of appraisal and development planning options. Users are encouraged to tailor use of them to meet local - and personal - needs.
PEC Chair Personal Development and Appraisal
It has long been recognised that the role of Professional Executive Committee Chair is challenging, complex and demanding. Role holders not only require high levels of ability but also commitment, energy and above all the skill to balance the requirements of the role with their clinical or other responsibilities. Since the formation of PCTs there are many new demands and responsibilities to be faced and an increased need for role holders to fully understand what is expected of them. To support PEC Chairs in creating an understanding of what is expected in their role, NatPaCT and the NHS Leadership Centre have developed two new processes:
- Self-Assessment for Personal Development
PEC Member Appraisal
This Appraisal process has been produced by NatPaCT specifically for use by members of the Professional Executive Committee (PEC members). The aim is to support role holders through the process of appraisal in a way that builds understanding of what is expected in the role, current levels of effectiveness and development needs. The process is largely about self-appraisal, supported by feedback and guidance from others.
Appraisal, when undertaken properly and with the right mind-set, is a positive experience that offers benefit to both individuals and organisations. It is above all else an opportunity to engage with your organisation and to be sure that your needs are understood and allowed for.
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