Leadership -Excellence in Practice Pathway

Ms Kylie Chilcott1, Mrs Kylie Sih1

1Ths-s, hobart, Australia


Leadership development is a priority on local, national and international agendas. Fostering and supporting emerging leaders will assist in addressing our current workforce issues. Promoting positive culture and nurturing a sense of being valued is central to promoting excellence.

In creating this leadership program, the Excellence in Practice Pathway Program framework was utilised. The process involved an Expression of Interest application attracting passionate nurses and midwives wanting to develop skills in positively influencing and having brave conversations with others.

Practice Development methods were used, working collaboratively to develop a person-centred approach to leadership development. Delivery methods incorporated an online community platform, prerequisites to face to face workshops including peer appraisals, reflection, networking, making connection with affiliated professional bodies and personal coaching. Development of a quality improvement project was required to demonstrate translation of leadership attributes into practice.

The emerging leaders feel valued, exploring their personal power to make a difference. They are experiencing increased capabilities to lead, “to promote collaboration and inspiration”, innovating and designing service improvements that are evidence based and aligned with policy.

The leadership program is building capability within healthcare leaders to have the confidence to influence, drive for change and positive culture. In delivering this program we are investing in building leadership capacity within our profession, to build courage to tackle the issues effecting healthcare today and into the future. This program promotes shared decision making, leadership, safety, quality, wellbeing and professional development, the cornerstones of the Pathway to Excellence.


Kylie Chilcott and Kylie Sih are Clinical Nurse Educators in the Centre for Education and Research at the THS-S. The two Kylie’s share an office (which is sometimes a little confusing:-), working independent of each other in Respiratory and General Medicine and Oncology. We collaborate on pieces of work, bringing different skills, strengths, and attributes to the table. We inspire each other and are both passionate about supporting others in their professional journey.