Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants

CPD Credits42

Learn how to lead and manage responsibilities as a consultant

January 2025 - June 2025

Course Price: €3000

This programme is delivered using blended learning, which is a flexible way of completing the course that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods and virtual classroom sessions.

 The programme is delivered over 6 months and will include 2/3 full-day in-person sessions in RCPI Dublin and 9 Half day virtual classroom sessions.

 All in-person sessions will be held in RCPI, No. 6 Kildare Street.

 The virtual sessions will be held on zoom 

For further questions please email clairedavenport@rcpi.ie

About the Certificate in Essential Leadership for New Consultants

Instalment plan available on request 

Please contact clairedavenport@rcpi.ie for any further details 

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 2025, and the programme will run until June 2025.


Each stand-alone block is assessed using the principles of formative assessment framework. Assessment methods include Individual reflections (300-400 words) to be submitted throughout the programme, you are also required to work in small groups on a project that applies the theories and methods learnt on the course. The project could be one that improves the quality of care or of one that is a service development to improve clinical outcomes.



"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.


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.

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 January 2025 - June 2025 

Session 1 & 2 Tuesday 07 January 2025  9:00am -5:00pm In House, RCPI No 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2)

Session 3  Tuesday 28 January 2025 2:00pm-6:00pm Virtual

Session 4 Thursday 13 February 2025  2:00pm - 6:00pm Virtual

Session 5 Tuesday 25 February 2025 2:00pm - 6:00pm Virtual

Session 6 Wednesday12 March 2025 2:00pm -6:00pm Virtual

Session 7 Tuesday 25 March 2025 2:00pm - 6:00pm Virtual

Session 8 Thursday 10 April 2025 2:00pm - 6:00pm Virtual

Session 9 Thursday 1 May 2025 2:00pm - 6:00pm Virtual

Session 10 & 11 Wednesday 7 May 2025 9:00pm - 5:00pm In House, RCPI No 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Session 12 Tuesday 27 May 2025 2:00am - 6:00pm Virtual

Session 13 Thursday 5 June 2025 2:00am - 6:00pm Virtual

Session 14 & 15 Wednesday 18 June 2025 9:00pm - 5:00pm (Format TBC)