Preparing for your first consultant role

Future dates for this course will be announced.

6 CPD credits*

After careful consideration we have decided not to run face to face courses until further notice. When the situation changes we will update our website.

Starting as a consultant is the biggest career transition after becoming a doctor. This course helps you prepare to meet the challenges ahead and make the most of your new role.

Course content

  • What makes a good consultant?
  • Job planning and appraisal.
  • Developing your professional identity, exercising authority and line management.
  • The role of clinical director and medical director.
  • How leading a team differs from working in a team.
  • Risk management and dealing with clinical incidents, complaints and claims.

This course complements the Leadership skills course. They are on consecutive days to make it easier for you to attend both days if you would like to.

Who should attend?

  • Consultants/specialists (in post for six months or less)
  • Training grade doctors (ST6-8) 

*This course has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK for 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits.


Mike Roddis

Dr Mike Roddis


Director, MJ Roddis Associates Ltd.

Mike, a former pathologist, has worked as a medical director in the NHS and in the independent healthcare sector. He now works with NHS trusts and others to help them improve the performance of doctors. In particular, he works with individuals to improve their interpersonal and professional skills, and with teams of clinicians who seek help to improve their performance. He is an experienced investigator of conduct and capability issues in consultants, works as a consultancy adviser to the Royal College of Pathologists and sits on the advisory board of CORESS (a confidential reporting system for surgery).

Dr Emma Doherty

Dr Emma Doherty MB ChB MSc MRCP

MDU medico-legal adviser

Emma has worked as a medico-legal adviser at the MDU since 2009 and passed the MFFLM in 2014. She assists members with a wide range of medico-legal issues and investigations including GMC, criminal, disciplinary, coroner and complaint enquiries. Before joining the MDU she trained in hospital medicine specialising in diabetes and endocrinology, obtaining her CCT in 2008.


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  • Consultant, Glasgow
  • 29 January 2020 4:37PM

It's a refreshing insight into the challenges and how to negotiate your new role as a consultant

  • Training Grade Doctor, Burgess Hill
  • 29 January 2020 4:36PM

An excellent course packed with practical information that is hard to get elsewhere to aid the transition to becoming a consultant.

  • Training Grade Doctor, Chichester
  • 29 January 2020 4:34PM

Really helpful course. Covered a wide range of topics. Realistic and practical approach to the challenges of a new consultant role

  • Consultant, Manchester
  • 9 May 2019 3:56PM

This course will provide an insight into the role of a consultant and prepare in advance for the up coming challenges as a consultant

  • ST6 Psychiatry, Scotland
  • 8 January 2019 3:48PM

Excellent introduction to practicalities of starting out as a consultant in a forum where it is not uncomfortable to ask questions you might think are basic, silly etc.

  • Senior clinical fellow from London
  • 2 August 2017 12:06PM

Gives a very good insight into pitfalls during your first consultant role and how to avoid these. Excellent reality check!

  • SpR from Southmead
  • 2 August 2017 12:03PM

Very insightful into the untaught aspects of Consultant life.

  • Consultant from Bournemouth
  • 2 August 2017 12:01PM

Excellent tools and insight before starting work - with stark realisation!

  • Anonymous
  • 3 March 2016 4:35PM

A must attend course.

  • Anonymous
  • 3 March 2016 4:35PM

Important source of information about what to expect when you become a consultant.

  • Anonymous
  • 3 March 2016 4:34PM

Makes things easier to understand, puts things in context and allows for preparation.

  • Dr Jacobs
  • 19 November 2015 8:15AM

Excellent! Very experienced speakers.

  • Dr Choudry
  • 29 October 2015 8:19AM

Concise, informative and interesting.