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The RCP’s six-step course for the new consultant

RCP has developed a programme which is evidenced by post CCT surveys, using our first hand experience of best leadership practice and changing priorities, directly from our officers. This year long programme will explore the role of a new consultant to successfully maximise the opportunities presented by your new role.

Applications for QI case study places must be recieved by 1 August 2022. Applications for self-funded places must be recieved by 15 August 2022. To submit your application, please fill in the form at the end of the page.

RCP Education is expanding its Clinicians as Leaders theme with a much needed year long programme aimed at those stepping into a consultant role, including post CESR SAS doctors, “helping you to just do it”.

The need for this programme was evidenced in the regular post CCT survey showing only 25% of new consultants had access to a trust delivered development programme and only 64% had a job planning meeting before they began their consultant post.

“It would be nice to be in touch with other consultants. I felt overwhelmed and unsupported when I started, literally 'thrown in at the deep end' in a new region and new unit, a slightly gentler introduction would have been welcomed.”

This programme has been designed by a team including senior clinicians and those who are new consultants and includes patient representation. The programme consists of six contact days which will explore the themes below, with wellbeing woven through the days.

Dates

  • Day one: Developing yourself and your role – “Things you need to know when you first start”

(Face-to-face teaching day) London: 12 September 2022, Liverpool: 29 September 2022

  • Day two: Managing others and culture – “Leadership, culture and teamwork”

(Online teaching day) 22 November 2022

  • Day three: Working within the legal structures of your role – “Conquering Complaints” 

(Face-to-face teaching day) London: 11 January 2023, Liverpool: 24 January 2023

  • Day four: The NHS, improvement and efficiency – “Mastering management”

(Online teaching day) 24 March 2023

  • Day five: Recognising team culture – “Equality, inclusivity and understanding difference” 

(Face-to-face teaching day) London: 11 May 2023, Liverpool: 25 May 2023

  • Day six: Onward into the future including the future of medicine “Onward journey” 

(Face-to-face teaching day) London: 29 June 2023, Liverpool: 14 July 2023

The contact days will be a combination of face to face and virtual to help busy Trusts and consultants make best use of time, ensuring it is possible for anyone to do this programme successfully.

Teaching days will be interactive allowing learners to work together and explore specific areas important to the role. Supportive resources and reading lists will be supplied through the RCP Medical Education Resource Centre throughout the programme.

Find out more about the programme and its benefits in the video below:

Accreditation

Learners who attend all six teaching days are eligible to complete the accreditation associated with this programme. The accreditation will match a project you are currently involved with at your trust, to the skills learnt one of the areas studied on the programme. Time will be given in the programme for looking at Trust based projects and how they can be supported with the tools you are learning.

There is the opportunity to get accreditation for this programme by completion of a study matching a project you are involved in your Trust to the different areas studied in the programme and looking at how you have used the skills to help you in the project.

Quality improvement case study

AstraZeneca has provided sponsorship to support the development of the Quality Improvement (QI) case studies component of Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) New Consultants Leadership programme; and to allow the RCP to offer the New Consultant Leadership programme at a reduced cost for those that undertake a Quality Improvement case study.

In order to be eligible to undertake the new consultants leadership programme at the reduced cost, participants will be expected to: (1) agree to deliver their Quality Improvement work in the specified timescale; and (2) align their Quality Improvement work to AstraZeneca’s six Medical Missions (as outlined in the downloadable information leaflet below) (3) present their completed Quality Improvement programme case study either as an oral or poster presentation to AstraZeneca and RCP (AstraZeneca and RCP may choose to disseminate this work wider across the NHS with your prior agreement).

AstraZeneca will have no involvement with or input into the development of the content of this Clinicians as Leaders programme and will have no influence over the selection of candidates or the selection of the QI case studies that will be performed by new consultants choosing to take part in it.

If you would like to be considered for a sponsored QI case study place, please complete the application form, selecting your preferences, you will also need to provide a 300 word personal statement. When applying, you will still have the opportunity to take place in the programme as a self-funded delegate, if you are not selected for sponsorship.

Find out more about AstraZeneca’s six Medical Missions that should be aligned to your Quality Improvement work here:

RCP will award places via a combined screening and lottery system used for selection.

Application information

The programme is aimed at those stepping into a consultant role, including post CESR SAS doctors.

The cost for the year long programme (for consultants not taking part in the AstraZeneca sponsored QI work) is £2000 (£1,800 with our 10% member discount) which can be split over 2 financial years and we are encouraging use of study budgets and Trust top ups to fund this.

We are suggesting you ask your Medical Director or trust to support this programme, we are happy to contact them and discuss how this might be possible, contact us at education.courses@rcp.ac.uk.

Applications for the programme are open, you can apply using the form below. For more information please email us at education.courses@rcp.ac.uk.