Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants

CPD Credits42

Learn how to lead and manage responsibilities as a consultant

February - June 2022 

About the Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants

Cost: €2,500.00

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 programme is a blend of face-to-face modules taking place in Dublin and virtual models. It is designed for new consultants to 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. At the end of the programme, you will collaboratively work on a leadership strategy that you can later implement within your own organisation.

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 February 2022, and the programme will run until June 2022.


"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 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.

Dr Tricia Woodhead

Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety, West of England Academic Health Science Network

Dr Tricia Woodhead MD MBA FRCR is Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety at the West of England Academic Health Science Network, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bath School of Management and Board member as well as Person-centred Care Expert with the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQuA).

She spent 25 years as a Consultant Radiologist in the NHS, completing her MBA at Bath University in 2000 with distinction.

From 2000-2009 Dr Woodhead was Executive Medical Director and Director/ Quality and Patient Safety at an acute NHS Trust (Weston Area). In 2010 she was awarded a one-year Fellowship based in the US as Health Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Quality Improvement Fellow. During this year she qualified as an Improvement Advisor.

As Medical Lead for the South West Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Collaborative from 2011-2014, she led the development and delivery of a system-wide South West Patient Safety in Acute, Community and Mental Healthcare using the Breakthrough Collaborative approach that was introduced by IHI in 2009. Subsequently she has developed and delivered region-wide collaboratives in the Patient Safety arena (2009 to 2014) and Nationally in Paediatric Diabetes (2017-2022)

Her work has covered leadership coaching at senior team level, design and delivery of improvement collaboratives both regional and national, leadership courses for clinicians, the development of on-line learning systems with University of Bath Management School (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/quality-improvement) and coaching and team development with the Royal Colleges in the UK. With the Health Foundation she has been part of programmes in systems improvement analysis and the publication of valuable guides to building QI capacity.

Guest Speakers

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.

Dr Colm Henry

Chief Clinical Officer, HSE

Dr Colm Henry was appointed as Chief Clinical Officer of the HSE in April 2018. He previously served as 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 COVID-19 Pandemic since the first case emerged in February 2019 provided clinical leadership to the HSE Vaccine programme and its rollout to the Irish population.

He attended University College Dublin where he obtained his MB BCh BAO in 1988, and the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in the Irish language 2017.

Dr Henry is originally from Cavan Town and now lives in Cork with his family.

Dr James Mountford

Director of National Improvement Strategy NHS England and NHS Improvement and Editor-in-Chief BMJ Leader

 The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has a multi-year programme focused on embedding improvement of quality and value into everyday work across the organisation.

James worked initially as an NHS doctor, then in consulting. From 2005-2007, he was a Commonwealth Fund/Health Foundation Harkness Fellow based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), both in Boston, USA.

Before moving to the Royal Free, James was Director of Quality at UCLPartners, an academic health sciences partnership serving a population of 3million in and around London.

James is a non-executive director at AQuA, the quality improvement partnership based in northwest England. He is also the Editor of BMJ Leader, a journal focused on research, debate and education on leadership in healthcare, published in association with FMLM (the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management).

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.

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. Dr Rakovac is a graduate of University of Zagreb, Croatia and was awarded an MD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for work on serum diabetes biomarkers. Ana is a Clinical Senior Lecturer, Clinical Medicine at Trinity College and is Chair of the Irish Doctors for the Environment Sustainable Healthcare Working Group. Irish Doctors for the Environment (ide.ie)

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.

Joanna Bennett

Director of Finance, St James's Hospital

Joanna joined St James’s Hospital Dublin as a Finance Business Partner in August 2014; she was appointed Director of Finance in May 2019.

Joanna is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having trained with Deloitte. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork and a Masters in Business Administration from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School


Guest Faculty

Hadas Levy

Hadas Levy is the Health and Wellbeing Manager at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). The Health & Wellbeing department is devoted to the promotion and improvement of physicians’ health and wellbeing by providing ongoing tailored support for Trainers and Trainees. The role includes training and teaching to promote better working relationships and developing and contributing to national doctors’ health and wellbeing strategies. Hadas is particularly interested in civility, equality, diversity, and inclusion in postgraduate medical education and training in Ireland.

Hadas is a counselling psychologist and prior to working in RCPI she provided psychological care to survivors of abuse via the NCCP of the HSE, to GP patients via the Primary Care Counselling services, to students at DCU through the student counselling services and to adults and couples in her private practice.

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).

Cora McCaughan

Cora McCaughan, MSc (Hons), PhD, BSc (Hons), Dip Project Management, is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK) and a Member of the Irish Ergonomics Society. Cora is the Assistant National Director for Healthcare Audit within the Quality Assurance and Verification Division of the HSE.

Cora’s clinical background is a Chartered Physiotherapist, but she has worked in the area of human factors and system safety for the last 25 years in healthcare and other industries in Ireland, the UK, and in Africa.

Cora teaches in the areas of systems safety, human factors, and healthcare audit on the RCSI Masters in Human Factors and Patient Safety; and on the RCPI QI Module – “Essential Leadership Skills for New Consultants”. Cora is a Visiting Research Fellowat the Centre for Innovative Human Systems | School of Psychology | Trinity College Dublin

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.

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 - 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.

Modules: Dates and Times

The Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants runs from February to June 2022.

 Module Title   Date   Time   Format 
 Introduction- half day in person  Monday, 14 February 2022  4:00pm - 8.00pm  In-House (subject to government guidelines)
 Leadership Re-examined  Monday, 28 February 2022   9:00am - 5:00pm (full day)  Virtual
 The Professional Consultant  Wednesday, 23 March 2022   9:00am - 5:00pm (full day)                   Virtual
 Essential Leadership and Management Skills for a Consultant (Day 1)  Tuesday, 5 April 2022  9:00am - 5:00pm (full day)  Virtual
 Essential Leadership and Management Skills for a Consultant (Day 2)  Wednesday, 27 April 2022  9:00am - 5:00pm (full day)  Virtual
 The Reflective Practitioner   Thursday, 19 May 2022  9:00am - 5:00pm (full day)  Virtual
 Leading for Quality and Safety (Day 1)   Tuesday, 7 June 2022  9:00am - 3:40pm (full day)  Virtual
 Leading for Quality and Safety (Day 2)  Thursday, 23 June 2022   9:00am - 5:00pm (full day)  In-House