Command in a field hospital

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This paper examines the challenges involved in commanding a field hospital. There are frequent, dynamic tensions between the military culture that is based on a task-focussed, hierarchical structure and the clinical culture that is based on flat, process-focussed, multidisciplinary teams. The paper outlines the cultural environment of the field hospital and then examines the deployment sequence whereby a functioning clinical facility may be created from a group of disparate individuals. There are a number of tools that may assist with this including the personality of the Commanding Officer, individual skills, the creation of an organizational identity and the choice of command structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-7
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003


  • Hospitals, Military/organization & administration
  • Mobile Health Units/organization & administration
  • Organizational Culture
  • United Kingdom


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