Springboard to Leadership: supporting diversity

Leadership skills that facilitate professional growth and foster a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity in our workplaces are essential if organisations are to benefit from greater diversity among their staff.

This programme is for those who feel discouraged in their own career progression, and future leaders with a deep interest in supporting equality, diversity and inclusion and a sense of belonging.

The programme is unique within UK healthcare education and has arisen out of a real need identified in workplaces.

Applications have been extended to Thursday 13 February 2020, for both RCP funded and self-funded places and applications will be reviewed as they are received.

The programme aims to develop the essential leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours to support participants in growing confidence in their abilities in order to be successful in future senior leadership positions within the NHS.

The programme achieves these aims through interactive workshops, access to mentoring from senior medical leaders, access to support from programme alumni, peer group support and through opportunities for professional networking.

It has four, CPD-accredited components:  

Component 1

Five development days at RCP London, including:

  • introduction day on 20 April 2020
    • establishing peer networks
    • Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality type exploration and analysis
    • keynote speakers.
  • ‘Doctors as leaders’ RCP accreditation (2 days) taking place on 5 June 2020 and 7 July 2020
  •  mid-programme development day on 25 September 2020
    • personal impact, influence and resilience workshop
    • peer group mentoring and action learning set.
  • programme finale on 16 November 2020
    • celebrating projects undertaken during the programme

Component 2

Personalised mentoring:

  • coaching and guidance from a senior mentor approximately every eight weeks
  • invitation to shadow senior medical leaders at events such as RCP Council and committee meetings.

Component 3

Action learning sets:

  • ongoing peer group support through an action learning sets (ALS) programme. ALS sessions find practical ways of addressing the ‘real life’ challenges that are faced in the workplace, through a structured process of insightful questioning combined with a balance of support and challenge from group members.

Component 4

Networking opportunities:

  • access to a variety of networking opportunities within the RCP
  • project support from peer network.

Fellowships and Applications

Who should apply?

Whilst arbitrary time limits may themselves discourage diversity, we would recommend this programme for people who have worked as clinicians for 5-10 years who now wish to focus on developing their leadership expertise.

Programme cost

The fee for the ground-breaking Springboard to Leadership: supporting diversity programme, including all the components listed above is £4,200 for non-members and £3,780 for members of the RCP (10% discount). Organisations wishing to make multiple bookings should contact postgraduate@rcplondon.ac.uk

Fellowship awards

We are able to award five RCP funded fellowships for the Springboard to Leadership: supporting diversity programme.

How do I apply?

You can apply via email (postgraduate@rcplondon.ac.uk) using the form on this page at any time, applications will be reviewed as they are received with a closing date of 13 February 2020.

You will need to provide the following:

  • your preference form, linked at the bottom of this page
  • your curriculum vitae, no more than two pages, highlighting your leadership experience and leadership development / training 
  • a 500-word personal statement explaining what you hope to gain from participating in the programme
  • those applying for a fellowship award must also include a supporting statement from their line manager. The line manager must indicate support for the applicants personal statement and confirm agreement for the applicant to participate in the programme.