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Award for excellence in management learning & development

Professor Charles Wolfe was part of the leadership team that accepted an award for excellence from the European Foundation for Management Development for the ‘Faster and Easier Clinical Research: Developing a Thriving National Community of NHS R&D Directors and Managers’ programme. The award was accepted on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NHS Trusts & Ashridge Business School.

Professor Wolfe is the Research and Development Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and he was part of a leadership team that included Ashridge Business School and Dr Kate Blake at Guy’s & St Thomas’. The gold award was presented at the European Foundation for Management Development conference in Barcelona.


The leadership programme for senior R&D leaders in NHS Trusts aimed to facilitate the goal of making it ‘faster and easier’ to conduct clinical trials to maximise the contribution that research makes to the ‘health and wealth’ of the nation. Consultants from the Ashridge Business School, which has an international reputation for leadership and organisation development, were partners in the project.

Through the initiative, 128 NHS R&D managers and directors from 64 NHS Trusts participated, producing significantly improved organisational relationships and raising the profile of R&D within the organisations. A participating NHS Trust commented: “The organisational achievement has been astonishing in terms of the growth in patient numbers, research investment and research management systems”.

Read more in the EFMD Global Focus magazine.