Practical Advice for New Consultants

Practical Advice for New Consultants

17 September 2019

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

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  • This informal day guides newly appointed consultants, or those who are about to be appointed, through the major issues they will encounter in the first years following appointment.

    The day will be conducted under Chatham House Rules* to allow participants to share experiences and ask questions, from not only experts; but also newly appointed Consultants. The programme will give special attention to those areas not discussed in postgraduate or specialty training.

    The topics covered during the day include:

    • the interview process for consultants roles
    • understanding the gap between training grade and consultant posts
    • the Consultant contract and the job planning process
    • time management and the efficient running of your office
    • work life balance
    • career progression and alternative roles
    • the role of realistic medicine in medical practice
    • opportunities in service development, locally and nationally

    Who should attend?

    • Newly appointed consultants
    • Senior trainees approaching CCT completion
    • Those returning from a period of absence

    The aim of the course is to provide introductory guidance for those new to consultant posts. Among the topics covered, delegates will be introduced to the consultant contract, as well as receiving guidance on the importance of effective time management and job planning.  

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Name the principal components of the consultant contract
    2. Describe the principles which should be applied to the job planning process
    3. State the meaning of the term Realistic medicine and give examples of its use in medical practice.
    4. List the factors to be considered in relation to time management.
    5. State the principal differences between training and consultant grades.

    The programme meets the criteria for dental enhanced CPD development outcome B.

    * When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

    Suitable for:

    • Medical Specialty Trainees
    • Medical Consultants
    • Surgical Specialty Trainees
    • Surgical Consultants
    • Dental Specialty Trainees
    • Dental Specialists / Consultants
    • Specialist Podiatrists
    • Advanced Podiatrists and Consultants
  • 17 September

    Morning Session

    17 September

    Registration, tea and coffee

    17 September

    Welcome and introduction

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    Mr John Harden Consultant, Emergency Medicine Wishaw General Hospital

    17 September

    Making the move - my experience on the transition from training to consultant

    Mr Brian J Stewart Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon

    17 September

    The consultant contract and job planning for new consultants

    Mr Martyn Ramsey Employment Adviser , BMA Scotland

    17 September

    Coffee Discussion - Hints and tips, preparing for the consultant interview and the first few months in the job

    Mr John Harden Consultant, Emergency Medicine Wishaw General Hospital

    17 September

    Project Lift - developing self and others

    Brigid Russell Brigid Russell & Associates

    17 September

    Time management and secretarial support

    Dr Michael Fail Consultant, Geriatric Medicine, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

    17 September


    17 September

    Starting up in private practice - lessons learned

    James McCourtney Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

    17 September

    Beyond the job plan

    Dr Ken Dagg Consultant Respiratory Medicine Wishaw General Hospital

    17 September

    Coffee/Tea Refesher

    17 September

    Realising realistic medicine in consultant practice

    Helen MacKie


  • Category Product Amount
    Non-Member (Reduced rate) Registrations £95
    Member Registrations £82.50
    Non-Member Registrations £195
    Fellow Registrations £0
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow


Closing date: 16 September 2019

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