This new approach to leadership focuses on how students can develop your leadership skills right from the start of their nursing programme through to transitioning to their first role. The book first takes students through the underpinning knowledge and theory and then through practical skills to help them understand all aspects of leadership and how it is a key component of providing quality care to patients in a range of environments and settings. Real stories from nursing leaders, practitioners and students are included to inspire students and show them how they can impact positively on practice, whatever level they are working at. Key features include:  • Real life focus, grounded in everyday practice, with lots of case studies and examples to help students see how theory relates to practice  • Activities to help students reflect about their own practice, and about themselves as leaders  • Video interviews with nurse leaders and students on the companion website  • Further reading and links to journal articles in both the book and more on the companion website help students delve deeper and prepare for assessments.

Leadership and Inter-Professional Practice

Leadership and Inter-Professional Practice
Tim Bryson

Chapter learning outcomes

On completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Draw conclusions about those aspects of working across professional boundaries that are most effective.
  • Understand some of the barriers to inter-professional working and how these can be addressed.
  • Understand the role of the nurse as a leader within inter-professional teams and across organisational boundaries.

Key concepts

Inter-professional working, inter-agency working, team leadership


The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the need for good inter-professional working practices across health, social care and other sectors, with the nurse being seen as pivotal to the team. In this chapter I use the term ‘inter’ as opposed to ‘multi’ – not only for consistency and to hopefully avoid confusion, ...

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