Consultants survival guide: How to succeed as a new consultant

When and where

19 June 2017
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE

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Consultants survival guide: How to succeed as a new consultant

This conference will provide practical help and support for new consultants, covering many aspects of the consultant role, from job planning, appraisal and revalidation to principles for professional success, building relationships with colleagues and patients, and working in a changing NHS.

The speakers will draw on their own experience, providing inspiration and advice for those at the start of their consultant career.


    The programme has been developed by the RCP’s New Consultants Committee and highlights will include:

    • what has changed in moving from SpR to consultant?
    • job planning
    • writing a business case
    • working in a changing NHS
    • dealing with complaints
    • leadership in the NHS.

    High-level speakers, excellent and truly inspiring.

    Consultants' survival guide 2015 conference delegate

    Who should attend?

    This is a must-attend event for those embarking on or at the early stage of their consultant path:

    • new consultants (years 1–5)
    • final and penultimate year specialist trainees.

    Doctors from ‘non-medical’ specialties will also find this conference of interest.

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    Please find below the presentations from the day. Please note, if there is a presentation missing, RCP does not have the permissions to share the content. Dr Tom Cozens presentation will follow shortly.

    RCP conferences

    ​The RCP runs a comprehensive programme of conferences on a wide range of topics, offering delegates:

    • cutting-edge clinical education
    • CPD credits, helping delegates to prepare for revalidation
    • opportunities to network
    • updated skills and knowledge.

    Consultants survival guide

    Programme organiser: Dr Aisling Carroll, chair, New Consultants Committee (NCC), Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

    09.00          Registration and coffee

    09.30          Welcome and opening remarks - Professor David Oliver, clinical vice president, RCP

    Session 1: Planning your job and improving your department

    Chairs: Dr Tania Syed and Dr Tom Cozens, NCC, RCP

    09.35          What has changed in moving from SpR to consultant? - Dr Tom Cozens, NCC, RCP

    09.45          Job planning - Ms Claire Ashley, British Medical Association

    10.15          How to ensure your business case succeeds - Dr Derek Sandeman, University Hospital Southampton

    10.45          Principles and values for professional success - Professor Parveen Kumar, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London

    11.15          Coffee


    Session 2: Working in a changing NHS

    Chairs: Dr V J Karthikeyan and Dr Richard Hull, NCC, RCP

    11.40          There’s more to being a consultant than medicine - Dr Richard Hull, NCC, RCP

    11.50          How to succeed in the changing world of the NHS - Professor David Oliver, RCP

    12.20          Who are you and what research do you want to do? (2x15 minute views – pure academia vs DGH NHS Consultant) - Professor Rod Stables, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Dr Piers Clifford, Wycombe Hospital

    13.10          Lunch


    Session 3: Building good relations and what to do when it goes wrong

    Chairs: Dr Jacob de Wolff and Dr Chris Kirwan, NCC, RCP

    14.10          Through Good Times and Bad Times - Dr Chris Kirwan, NCC, RCP

    14.20          Dealing with Complaints - Dr Catherine Wills, Medical Defence Union

    14.50          Dealing with Difficult Colleagues - Dr Jim Stewart, Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust

    15.20          Tea


    Session 4: Reflections on a career in medicine

    Chair: Dr Aisling Carroll, chair, NCC, RCP

    15.40          Leadership in the NHS - Mr Peter Lees, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

    16.20          Closing remarks by the chair

    16.25          Close of conference