Nadia Bukhari, B Pharm, FR PharmS, FHEA, PG Dip. Senior Teaching Fellow in Pharmacy Practice Pre-Registration .UCL School of Pharmacy.


Leadership development in health care has been identified as an important developmental skill globally.

It is widely accepted how crucial it is to understand the development of leadership attributes of practitioners, alongside the essential infrastructure and support mechanisms for the development of leadership across all stages of the pharmacy workforce.  The development of appropriate education and training strategies and plans targeted to developing these attributes will then result in a capable and competent workforce, able to better deliver the evolving health service.

This aligns with the WHO statement “No health without a health workforce”(2013) which acknowledges that the delivery of better health requires a workforce that constantly develops and grows.

Leadership and the development and impact of leadership is under researched within the pharmacy domain.  However, parallels can be drawn from the findings from health care and translated into pharmacy, being a profession within health care.

Anecdotally, leadership training and development can maximize productivity and shape a positive culture. To achieve this, we must understand leadership in more detail.


  • Understand the differences between leader development and leadership development
  • Understand the importance of leadership development
  • Describe the concepts of leadership development and the workforce
  • Receive an overview of the global progress of leadership development; using UK as a case study