About this event

  • Date and time Mon 18 Oct 2021 from 6:30pm to 6 Dec 2021 at 8:00pm
  • Location Online

This programme is now fully booked. We are collecting names for a waitlist in case of last-minute cancellations and for future cohorts. If you would like to join the waitlist please email Hannah.cornell@rsm.ac.uk.

After a hugely successful pilot cohort the Medical Leadership and Management masterclass returns for a second programme offering essential guidance and practical tips to prepare new and nearly new consultants to succeed as they progress to the next stage of their career in the NHS.

Taking place over 8 weeks and delivered in 5 sessions, this focussed interactive workshop programme will prepare new and nearly new consultants to:

  • Understand how to navigate through the NHS as a new consultant
  • Be able to prepare business cases
  • Understand how to establish your role as a consultant in a new team
  • Understand how to start a new service and assess quality
  • Identify and develop the skills needed to be influential within your team
  • Understand the fundamentals as you move from SpR to consultant

Workshop sessions are designed to be interactive and engaging with all participants expected to carry out preparatory work and ongoing reflection tasks for the duration of the course

Facilitated by Miss Louisa Wickham, Medical Director, Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, Mr Shahram Kashani, Consultant Eye Surgeon, Eastbourne District General Hospital and Professor Nik Patel, Consultant in Cardiology, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Sessions will take place each Monday between 6:30pm - 8:00pm:

  • Day 1 - Monday 18 October 2021: Navigating the NHS as a new consultant
  • Day 2 - Monday 1 November 2021: Business case writing and establishing your role in the new team
  • Day 3 - Monday 22 November 2021: Starting a new service and assessing quality
  • Day 4 - Monday 29 November 2021: Fundamentals for new consultants
  • Day 5 - Monday 6 December 2021: How to be influential in teams

This course is limited to 15 participants and delivered through Zoom. Attendees are expected to come to sessions with their cameras on and ready to engage in activities and discussion with facilitators and other participants.

A certificate will be awarded to delegates completing all elements of this masterclass. Each session will be recorded, allowing delegates who miss a session to catch-up and be eligible for a certificate.

Who is this course for?

  • Final and penultimate year SpRs
  • Senior trust/SAS doctors
  • Newly appointed consultants

“Great pearls of insights for Juniors/New Consultants. Provided me with a mind-shift, contextualised the NHS purpose and made relevant the role Clinical Managers have in contributing to organisation change.”

Participant, pilot cohort

Key speakers

Louisa Wickham

Miss Louisa Wickham

Medical Director, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Speaker's biography

Louisa Wickham is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and was appointed Medical Director in 2020.


Louisa developed an interest in clinical leadership and management as a trainee leading her to complete an MSc in Health Services Management at London University. She went on to develop her skills further as a Leadership Fellow for the Health Foundation and as a European Leadership Fellow at INSEAD. She has held a number of leadership roles in the NHS and works with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal Society of Medicine to promote clinical leadership for doctors at all stages of their training.


Louisa has previously been nominated for a Patient Choice Award at Moorfields, in addition, her managed practice won “Best Ophthalmology Consultant 2016 - London” in Corporate Vision Magazine.

Mr Shahram Kashani

Mr Shahram Kashani

Consultant Eye Surgeon, Eastbourne District General Hospital

Speaker's biography

Mr Shahram Kashani is a substantive consultant ophthalmologist at East Sussex NHS Trust (ESHT).


He has held several management roles including clinical lead for Ophthalmology at ESHT and is currently the lead for South East Eye Surgeons group. He has also completed a Masters in Leadership and management in Healthcare at Kingston University in 2011.


He has dual membership status from the Royal College of Physicians and is a fellow at the Royal College of Ophthalmologist. He is a keen mentor and teacher and has organised and led various teaching courses.

Nik Patel

Professor Nikhil Patel

Consultant – Cardiology, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Professor Nikhil Patel is an experienced Senior Consultant Cardiologist, practicing at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT).


Professor Patel specialises in general cardiology including chest pain, heart failure, hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation and syncope). His sub-specialty expertise lies in complex pacing including cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT), internal cardiac defibrillators (ICD) and coronary intervention (coronary angioplasty and stenting). He has pioneered new technologies with his eminent colleagues in East Sussex and many of these have been featured in the media.


Professor Patel undertakes a range of educational roles, overseeing training programmes in the Kent Surrey and Sussex School of Medicine. He has co-supervised higher research degrees at MSc and PhD level and continues to undertake research into cardiac devices management, heart valve disease, exercise heart function, and areas of clinical cardiology. In 2013 he was awarded a National Silver Award in recognition of his contribution to the health service. He was elected as Chair of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Academic Board in 2019.


View the programme 18 October 2021

Module 1

Day 1 (18 October 2021): Navigating the NHS as a new consultant
  • What you need to know to successfully navigate the NHS
  • How the NHS works
  • Useful committees, what they do and how they impact on your job
  • Governance, QUIP and audit - how can I make them work for me?
Day 2 (1 November 2021): Business case writing and establishing your role in the new team
  • Maximising opportunities – a guide to writing a successful business case
  • How to establish yourself as a consultant
  • How to manage yourself and other people in your new role

Module 2

Day 3 (22 November 2021): Starting a new service and assessing quality
  • Developing a new service
  • Assessing quality of a new or existing service
Day 4 (29 November 2021): Fundamentals for new consultants
  • Understanding yourself
  • Managing work/life balance and motivation
  • Job planning, appraisals and revalidation
  • Career planning – job fairs with educational leads, clinician managers and researchers
  • HR - finances and entitlements in the NHS

Module 3

Day 5 (6 December 2021 ): How to be influential in teams
  • How to be influential and progress in a large organisation
  • How to influence and motivate people
  • Engaging with managers
  • Human factors and situational awareness



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