Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants

CPD Credits42

Learn how to lead and manage responsibilities as a consultant

January - June 2021

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.

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

  • managing the tension between service and leadership
  • working with colleagues across multiple departments
  • developing trusting and mutually respectful relationships with management
  • negotiating the delicate balance between clinical judgement, resource constraints and personal loyalties
  • keeping the best outcome for your patients at the forefront of care provision

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 2021, and the programme will run until June 2021.


"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, National Maternity Hospital


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.

"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 courses@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.

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.

Dr Peter Lachman

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

Professor Martin Fellenz

Professor Martin Fellenz is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. He is responsible for all postgraduate education in the Trinity School of Business.

Martin has served as Director of Research of the Doctoral Programme in Trinity School of Business, as Academic Director of the M.Sc.(Mgmt.) in Organisational Behaviour, and on the Academic Council of the University of Dublin.

He holds a Ph.D. in Organisational Behavior from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels in the areas of organisational behaviour, organisation theory and change, leadership, negotiation, decision-making, research methodology and philosophy of science.

Five modules covering five essential skills

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.

The modules and course dates for 2021 are:

  • Module 1 - Leadership Re-examined - 25 January 2021 with Martin Fellenz
  • Module 2 - Essential Management Skills - 18-19 March 2021 with Margaret Considine
  • Module 3 - The Professional Consultant - 26 April 2021 with Martin Fellenz
  • Module 4 - The Reflective Practitioner - 10 May 2021 with Martin Fellenz
  • Module 5 - Leading for Quality Improvement and Safety - 19-20 May 2021 with Peter Lachman

You can read more about each module below.

Module 1 - Leadership Re-examined

The essence of good leadership is team work.

This one-day workshop 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.

Module 2 - Essential Management Skills

Build a solid foundation for your practice at this two-day workshop. 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

Module 3 - 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 4 - The Reflective Practitioner

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.

This one-day workshop focuses on promoting personal growth, self-care, compassion and awareness of self and others.

Module 5 - Leading for Quality Improvement and Safety

This is a practical two-day workshop covering the tools and techniques you need for managing a patient-centred service.

You will learn how to design effective patient flow and how to use data analysis to drive improvements in patient safety and quality of care.