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New Consultant Excellence

Provider CPD Points Duration
Grow Medical from eMedicus Ltd.61 Day

Taking up and excelling in a new consultant post is one of the greatest medical career challenges, as you face both a step change in the nature of the role and frequently a new employer too. This enormously practical programme has critical skills and vital guidance in abundance. In a compact but intensive one-day form, you'll find it packed with essential knowledge, advice on tackling common challenges and insight into the typical traps that new consultants fall into (and how to avoid them)! Absolutely essential.

Additional Learning

New Consultant Excellence comes with considerable additional learning, so that despite being a single-day course, it covers the subject in considerable depth. Additional learning included:

  • The New Consultant - Critical Skills, Key Challenges & Ensuring Success E-learning
  • Optimising the Management & Supervision of Junior Doctors E-learning
  • The Effective Business Case E-learning

The combination of these programmes is designed to set up new consultants for all of the key challenges and newer requirements facing them as part of their transition.


Going forward, we have made the decision to concentrate on our ever growing In House/Bespoke course delivery, rather than open courses. With ever greater financial pressures on Trusts, this allows us to deliver a lower per person cost, with no travel for delegates as an added bonus.

We are able to come into your trust and deliver highly cost-effective, first class training service to groups of typically between 8 – 20 delegates (larger numbers can be accommodated on request).  For 8 or more delegates, the in-house rate saves both Trust and individuals money, not to mention the time-saving from not having to travel. 

Most of our courses can be tailored to suit specific groups e.g. consultants, SAS doctors, allied healthcare professionals etc, or structured for mixed groups. We are also finding that 2 or 3 local trusts may join forces to put on a training course, allowing more attendees and thus lowering the cost per person still further.



This first session is about ensuring you appreciate the full breadth of transition elements and develop an appropriate action plan to address them, get yourself up-to-speed and establish yourself as a consultant.
  • The consultant role in modern healthcare
  • Defining the key challenges facing a consultant today
  • Defining a model for a successful transition to consultant
  • Key transitions necessary for success as a consultant
  • Understanding & engaging in Trust priorities
  • Balancing Trust versus clinical responsibilities
  • The wider health economy & regulator environment
  • From learner to leader - critical behavioural changes
  • An action plan for transitioning to consultant life successfully
Our second session focuses on taking you from new appointment to a state of fully established as a consultant, focusing on how you are seen and treated, ensuring you have appropriate authority or influence and master the degree and type of organisation necessary to operate successfully at consultant level.
  • New role, new priorities - unique elements of the consultant role
  • Defining and establishing a new sense of purpose for the new role
  • Developing presence as a new leader & manager
  • Understanding leading without explicit authority
  • Steps for letting go of your past presence
  • Key pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Addressing job plan issues
  • Establishing productive systems and networks
  • Using stakeholder analysis to develop effective networks & relationships
  • The role and benefit of a mentor
  • How to approach mentoring to get the best from it
  • Principles of trust and probity - ensuring you are beyond reproach
Addressing your sudden change in self-direction, our third session focuses on how to get the best from you, including how best to prioritise and achieve the much wider list of imperatives you now face.
  • Achieving balance between clinical and non-clinical priorities
  • Time management essentials for the newer consultant
  • The importance of work-life balance and the impact of responsibility
  • Approaching overwhelming or unsafe workloads
  • Common traps and how to avoid them
  • Self-support mechanisms - balancing self-reliance with support
  • Taking responsibility for development of self
  • Understanding appraisal and revalidation requirements
  • Approaching portfolio development to support revalidation
Our fourth, vital session focuses on your new found responsibility for quality and safety
Understanding the consultant's balance of responsibilities.
  • Responsibility for team and system in light of the Bawa-Garba case
  • Risk vigilance & identification
  • Ensuring team engagement and the willingness to raise concerns
  • Core principles in risk analysis & management
  • Practical steps and systems with which to identify risks
  • Managing identified risk - protection of self, team & Trust
  • Understanding the new CQC inspection regime
  • Typical or frequent areas of concern that you can influence
  • Management of complaints
  • Avoiding complaint escalation


Our final, signposting and practical guidance session is a to-the-point collection of practices, principles and actions, across 4 distinct arenas, that acts as a ready guide to successful conduct as a consultant and clinical leader. We’ll call it ‘just do it’ advice that optimises you from the outset.

1. Your role in support of juniors

  • Common issues and their practical solutions

2. Identifying critical relationships

  • Developing or improving their quality

3. Mastering objectivity & emotional control

  • Behavioural steps to ensure steady-handedness

4. Enhancing critical thinking & decision-making

  • Adopting an enabling model & approach

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Healthcare is tough today and the training you receive must adequately address that reality. No idealism or wishy-washy, overly academic regurgitation, just focused, bang up-to-date, hard-hitting, highly practical courses designed to address the things you need to be very good at today. Equally, your study leave time and budget are both scarce and precious. We won’t waste your time, we work hard to provide the very best training at professionally sustainable fees (lower than many) and we NEVER compromise on learning quality. Other practical reasons include:

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  • Just 12 Participants Per Course (Academyst Select)
  • Extremely experienced faculty with seniority & genuine gravitas
  • Many courses are augmented by significant additional e-learning for depth
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Academyst Select courses have as standard:

  • Open dialogue with the team and more targeted advice on your specific issues
  • Access to ongoing implementation advice
  • Full-sized PDFs of all slides used
  • Implementation Guide to help you apply principles and learning
  • Implementation Materials – actual documents, slides & models that you can use

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