Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants

CPD Credits42

Learn how to lead and manage responsibilities as a consultant

January 2023 - June 2023

About the Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants

Cost: €3,000

Deadline for applications January 3, 2023

Becoming a consultant marks a major milestone in your career. You worked hard to get to where you are and you are now ready to play a senior role in healthcare.

We know you want to achieve better outcomes for your patients, drive improvements and help shape the next generation of clinical leaders - and we want to help you do that.

This modular programme for new consultants will smooth the transition from being a 'doer' to being a leader and a decision maker who can really make a difference. We know you want to achieve better outcomes for your patients, drive improvements and help shape the next generation of clinical leaders - and we want to help you do that. We will help you understand and manage the wide range of responsibilities that you will be expected to juggle in your new role, providing guidance and clarity on areas such as quality and patient safety, managing teams and budgets, and training the next generation of clinical leaders.

What you will learn

We will help you understand and manage the wide range of responsibilities that you will be expected to juggle in your new role, providing guidance and clarity on areas such as quality and patient safety, managing teams and budgets, and training the next generation of clinical leaders.

You will develop an understanding of how to manage complex, nuanced issues such as

  • have a systematic understanding of concepts related to leadership in a clinical setting
  • demonstrate understanding how to manage the tension between service and leadership
  • demonstrate critical awareness of the difference between leadership and management
  • work with colleagues across multiple departments and interact with other professionals
  • manage the appraisal process, provide accurate and constructive feedback, and drive further professional development
  • design and develop a business case
  • develop trusting and mutually respectful relationships with management
  • negotiate the delicate balance between clinical judgement, resource constraints and personal loyalties
  • achieve outcome for their patients at the forefront of care provision
  • lead for quality and safety
  • manage conflict and respond to clinical incidents

Is this course for me?

This programme is designed for recently appointed consultants or those who wish to apply for consultant roles.

This course will start in January 2023, and the programme will run until June 2023.


"This course really helped my transition from specialist registrar to new consultant. It was great to meet other new consultants and share experiences and advice. I've used the techniques I learned in the course to motivate my team and run a high quality service."

Dr Vicky O'Dwyer, Consultant Obstetrician and Director of Gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin

“As a newcomer to Ireland, this course enabled me to use my training and experience abroad to my advantage and draw on it to identify opportunities to improve patient care.

It helped me develop skills in leading a team and enabled me to make a difference to quality and safety with my hospital.

I had the opportunity to learn from great clinical leaders and also to share experiences with amazing fellow consultants."

José María Martínez Ávila, Consultant Internal Medicine Physician, Mercy University Hospital, Cork

How do we know this programme works?

Before launching this course we asked experienced consultants what they struggled with during their own transition from NCHD to consultant.

Their feedback and insights helped us to develop this practical, comprehensive programme, tailored to the specific needs of new consultants working in the Irish healthcare system.

“There is a whole new world that opens up when you take on the responsibility of being a consultant…. It was very enjoyable to listen to other people experiences from all over the country and from all over the world.”


Dr Filipa de Agiar Reis, Consultant in Internal Medicine, Beaumont Hospital and Clontarf Hospital

"As a recently appointed Consultant, I found this course enabled me to explore my leadership style and develop skills to lead and drive change within a complex organisation. Excellent engaging faculty focused on promoting quality care."

Dr Kathy Rock, Consultant Radiation Oncologist in CUH

Want to talk to someone about this course?

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about this course please do not hesitate to contact us at 01 863 9700 or RCPICourses@rcpi.ie

Delivered by leading experts

The Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants is delivered by some of Ireland's leading experts in health service management.

Dr Peter Lachman

Quality Improvement Faculty Lead, RCPI

Peter Lachman M.D. MPH. M.B.B.Ch., FRCPCH, FCP (SA), has extensive experience as a clinician and leader in quality improvement and patient safety.

He was a Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI in 2005-2006 and developed the quality improvement programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital where he was the Deputy Medical Director with the lead for Patient Safety.

Peter is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Free Hospital in London, specialising in long-term conditions in children. He is the National Clinical Lead for SAFE, a Heath Foundation funded RCPCH programme.

Peter is Lead International Faculty in RCPI, where he co-directs our Leadership and Quality programme.

He is also co-founder and Chairperson of the Paediatric International Patient Safety and Quality Community PIPSQA

Margaret Considine 

CEO, EQuita Consulting Limited

Margaret Considine is a vastly experienced Management Consultant who works with some of the major companies in Ireland and Europe assisting them in management development, negotiations, coaching, mediations and HR / employment complaints.

She is regarded as a leading expert in Negotiation and Executive Education and an international key note speaker and has extensive experience in both private and public sector clients.

Margaret is the author of six books, four textbooks on psychology and work, communication, Management Theory & Practice and strategic HRM and one coffee table book on the history of Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. Her latest book is on bullying and harassment and she is currently writing a book on Strategic Negotiations.


Guest Speakers

Dr Colm Henry

Chief Clinical Officer, HSE

Dr Colm Henry has been Chief Clinical Officer in the HSE since April 2018. He previously was the National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Acute Hospitals from 2014 – 2018, National Lead for the Clinical Director Programme from 2012 to 2014 and Clinical Director of the Mercy University Hospital Cork from 2009 to 2012. Following medical qualification, he underwent training initially in Ireland and completed higher specialty training in Scotland. He returned to Ireland following his appointment to the Mercy University Hospital as Consultant Geriatrician in 2002.

As the HSE’s first Chief Clinical Officer, he is responsible for aligning clinical expertise and leadership across the healthcare system from service and policy design to planning and implementation. A core function of the post is the design and implementation of clinical models of care to respond to and meet the challenges of healthcare in the 21st century. His office also is responsible for setting quality and patient safety standards across the health system and ensuring these are met. He is accountable for a number of key national services such as the National Cancer Control Programme and National Screening Service as well as Public Health reform. Dr Henry has lead the clinical response within the HSE to the COVID19 Pandemic since the first case emerged in February 2020 provided clinical leadership to the HSE Vaccine programme and its rollout to the Irish population.

Dr Allan Goldman

Chief Medical Officer, Children's Health Ireland

Dr Allan Goldman trained as a doctor in South Africa. He moved to London in 1990 and completed his specialist training in Paediatric Intensive Care at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He took up a consultant post in Paediatric Cardiac ICU at GOSH in 1998 up until the present time. Dr Goldman took up the role of Chief Medical Officer at Children's Health Ireland in Summer 2021.

Lucy Nugent

Chief Executive Officer, Tallaght University Hospital

Lucy Nugent joined Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) as Chief Operations Officer in 2014, moved to the role of Deputy CEO in 2016 and was appointed CEO in January 2019. Prior to joining TUH she worked in the Acute Hospitals Division as Head of Quality Assurance & Risk Management, Clinical & Patient Services Manager in the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street. Prior to that she worked in a number of nursing roles as a registered general and children’s nurse.

In addition to her nursing qualifications Ms Nugent has an MSc in Healthcare Management (TCD), BSc Nursing Studies (DCU), a Diploma in Infection Control (RCSI), a Diploma in Leadership & Quality in Healthcare (RCPI) and is a recent graduate of the IESE Business School Advanced Management Programme. She is a Past President of the Health Management Institute of Ireland and has represented it on several committees of the European Association of Hospital Managers and the International Hospital Federation. She is President elect of the European Association of Hospital Managers and is the first female to hold this position in its 52 year history.

Trevor Duffy

Director of Healthcare Leadership, RCPI

Trevor Duffy is Consultant Rheumatologist at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and the Hermitage Medical Clinic and is Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the RCSI. Following specialist training in Ireland he was a Rheumatology Fellow at the Hospital Universitaire Cantonal de Geneve where he subsequently became a Chef de Clinique. He has spent a significant amount of time, from very early on as an NCHD up to present, involved in healthcare strategy and leadership. This includes a period of time as Lead Clinical Director at Connolly Hospital, President of the IMO form 2014 to 2015 and IMO delegate to the UEMS (Union Européan des Medicins Specialists).

Dr Ana Rakovac

Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Tallaght University Hospital

Dr Ana Rakovac is a Consultant Chemical Pathologist in Tallaght University Hospital and a General (Internal) Medicine Specialist as well as Clinical Senior Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. Ana is a member of the Irish Doctors for the Environment and chairs their Sustainable Healthcare Working Group (www.ide.ie). Ana is also a member of the HSE Climate Action & Sustainability National Strategy Working Group.

Mr Elrasheid Kheirelseid

Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital

Mr Kheirelseid graduated from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 2000 and underwent basic surgical training in Galway University Hospital. He was awarded the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) scholarship to conduct research at NUI Galway and received PhD by thesis. He completed his higher surgical training in Ireland, followed by a fellowship in peripheral intervention for occlusive arterial disease and diabetic foot management from King’s College Hospital, London. He is a consultant vascular surgeon at Beaumont Hospital and Bon Secours Hospital Dublin and also an honory senior clinical lecture at the RCSI, Dublin. Mr Kheirelseid is a founding member and the current elected President of the Sudanese Doctors Union of Ireland - SDUI.

Professor Aine Carroll

Áine is Professor of Healthcare Integration and Improvement at University College Dublin. Prior to this role, she was National Director of the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division in the Health Services Executive, a division encompassing the National Clinical Programmes, Integrated Care Programmes and The Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services (ONMSD). During her tenure, Professor Carroll established the Integrated Care Programmes for older persons, chronic disease, children and patient flow to promote coordinated care and team work across services and specialties, ensuring that care is provided effectively and seamlessly to patients as they move through the system. Áine is acknowledged Internationally for her expertise in large-scale change and implementation. An experienced Improvement advisor, she has provided advice, guidance and training on quality improvement and change to leaders of healthcare systems across the world. She is passionate about Person Centred Coordinated Care and Implementation Science.

Guest Faculty

Dr Neil Reddy

Dr Neil Reddy is Lead for Teaching Learning and Assessment at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Neil holds clinical, teaching and governance roles across a variety of sectors, including RCPI, Irish Medical Council, Health Hero and Precision Health. He is lead for the development of a cross-faculty lesson on Reflective Practice for all training and non-training doctors enrolled in the college.

Ciarán Carthy

Ciarán Carthy has worked for 43 years in the aviation industry in a variety of roles. For the first 30 years he flew as an airline pilot and Captain. He was also an EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) flight, simulator and human factors instructor and examiner. After retiring from active flying, Ciarán qualified as a Lead Safety Auditor for IATA (International Air Transport Association) and he continues to conduct safety audits for airlines around the world. 

In 2008, Ciarán established TCAS (Training, Consultancy & Auditing Services) Limited. Through his company, he provides advice to the aviation industry and other professions and industries who take the safety of their personnel and those in their care seriously. Ciarán’s methodology is based on sharing many of the lessons both he personally, and the aviation industry globally, have learned and focuses on the three areas of human behaviour & performance, safety management and compliance monitoring. 

Ciarán has been sharing his experiences in these key areas with healthcare professionals for the last 15 years. From speaking at Grand Rounds in most of the major hospitals around the country to regularly presenting at RCPI’s Essential Skills for New Consultants and Quality Improvement Leadership Programme courses. He has also presented at the 2017 Royal College of Radiologists Annual Conference, the 2018 Irish College of General Practitioners seminar, the 2019 national MSK (Musculoskeletal) conference and the 2021 UEG (United European Gastroenterology) week. He was Dr. Paddy Barrett’s guest on ‘The Doctor Paradox’ episode when they discussed “The Crossovers of Aviation and Medicine” (thedoctorparadox.com). Finally, Ciarán wrote an article, “Medicine and Aviation-Should the lot of pilots and consultants be so different?” with Prof. A. Nicholson, published in the Irish Medical Journal (January 2007). He also wrote a piece, “Up in the air over safety checks”, with Dr. Muiris Houston, published in The Irish Times Health Plus supplement (Sept 14th, 2010).

Michael Comyn

Michael Comyn is a leadership coach and trainer with international experience of over 35 years of informing engaging and energising audiences. His speciality is the role of Emotional Intelligence in leadership development. Michael completed his master’s in business MSc in the UCD Smurfit Business School in 1995.

Michael Comyn is the founder of The Time Signal Limited, formed to increase emotional intelligence, communications, and leadership skills at all levels of leadership, from newly appointed leaders to experienced executives.

He is also a trained facilitator in the Immunity to Change ® programme taught at Harvard University. He is a licenced practitioner in the applications and evaluation of psychometric testing for IQ and EQ.

He is a regular contributor to the EAVE Producer course on Leadership and Negotiation skills and on EAVE+ on Leadership and coaching.

He is an Associate Faculty Member of the Institute of Leadership at the Royal College of Surgeons and an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, where he has developed and taught the leadership modules for the BST and HST Training. In the world of aviation Michael is a licensed pilot and Crew Resource Management Trainer CRMT.

In the corporate world, he has coached and presented for Google in the US and Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Simtech Aviation and Kingspan Ireland TUD and Maynooth University.

Regina McQuillan

Regina Mc Quillan is a palliative medicine consultant at St. Francis Hospice and Beaumont Hospital.

She has an interest in access to palliative care for disadvantaged groups including those with intellectual disability, Travellers, people with severe enduring mental illness and people who are homeless.

She has an interest in ethics and has an MA in Ethics from DCU, and an interest in law and has an Advanced Diploma in Medical Law from Kings Inns.

She is involved in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates from medicine, nursing and other fields.

Two module programme delivered as a series of virtual and in-house tutorials 

Our Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants consists of five modules, reflecting the five most essential skills you will need as a new consultant.

You can read more about each module below. Dates and times for each of the modules can be found under the Modules: Dates and Times tab.

Module 1 The Clinical Leader

Introduction to Leadership Theories

The essence of good leadership is team work.

We will focus on your abilities to mentor, inspire, work with a diverse workforce, deal with conflicts, provide feedback and manage the wellbeing of your team.

Reflective Practice for the New Consultant

Effective consultants care for themselves as well as for others.

Reflective practice is a technique that is now widely used by clinicians in healthcare settings. It is linked to self-care, compassion and better patient outcomes.

We will focus on promoting personal growth, self-care, compassion and awareness of self and others.

Clinical Leadership

The essence of good leadership is teamwork. This workshop series will focus on your abilities to mentor, inspire, resolve conflicts, provide feedback, and create a psychologically safe environment within your team.

The Professional Consultant

What does professionalism mean in your day-to-day practice as a consultant? Can you improve your professionalism?

These questions and more will be explored in depth at this one-day workshop.

We will examine cases that pose ethical dilemmas for consultants who manage a clinical service.

Module 2 Focused Leadership and Management Skills 

Management Skills for the Consultant

Build a solid foundation for your practice. We will cover

• Working smarter with tighter budgets

• Managing resources (people,time and information) more effectively

• How to delegate effectively

• How to work smoothly in systems

• How to manage upwards

• How to reduce waste and improve efficiencies

Leading for Quality and Safety

We will cover what is required for managing a patient-centred service.

You will be introduced the theories of health economics, patient safety and quality improvement.

Modules: Dates and Times

The Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants runs from December 2022 to June 2023 

Option 2: Afternoon Sessions and full day in house sessions 

 Module Title   Date   Time   Format 
Module 1: Session 1 & 2  Tuesday January 10th 

 9:00am -5:00pm

In House, RCPI No 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2) 
Module 1: Session 3 Tuesday February 7th 


Module 1: Session 4  Tuesday, February 21st

 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Module 1: Session 5 Tuesday March 7th 

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Module 1: Session 6 Tuesday March 21st 

2:00pm -6:00pm 

Module 1: Session 7 Tuesday April 4th 

2:00pm - 6:00pm


Module 2: Session 1&2

Wednesday April 26th 

9:00am - 5:00pm 


In-House, RCPI No 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Module 2: Session 3 Tuesday May 9th 

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Module 2: Session 4 Tuesday May 23rd


Module 2: Session 5 Tuesday June 6th 

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Module 2: Session 6 Tuesday June 20th

9:00am - 5:00pm 


In House, RCPI No 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

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