Emerging Leaders Programme

Designed to equip delegates with the skills required to lead service change and importantly to provide professional leadership more widely within cardiology and the NHS

Senior cardiology trainees and recently appointed consultants are invited to join the second cohort of the ELP at the BCS Leadership Academy held at the 2020 BCS Annual Conference. This introductory day to the ELP is delivered in partnership with the American College of Cardiology.

The BCS faculty and programme is led by Dr Sarah Clarke, Immediate Past President of the BCS and includes Prof Simon Ray, current President of the BCS.

The ELP commences in September 2020 with a further 6 face to face meetings of the cohort during the following year at the BCS Headquarters in London. The final day of the program will be held at the BCS Annual Conference in 2021 where a celebratory dinner will be held as the cohort graduate.

Programme Overview

Day 1 - Sunday 31 May, Manchester - Introductory session
Day 2 - Tuesday 7 July - Self-awareness and personal leadership qualities
  • Programme introduction and expectations
  • 360 leadership appraisal
  • Service improvement project
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • NHS infrastructure and how the NHS works
  • NHS values, culture and behaviours
  • DiSC
Day 3 - Wednesday 16 September - Self-awareness and personal leadership qualities
  • Development of self as a leader
  • Personal qualities and personal impact of leaders
  • Key leadership concepts
  • What shapes us as a leader?
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Enhancing your impact as a leader
  • Leading successful and sustainable projects for quality improvement
Day 4 - Thursday 5 November - Leading teams
  • Preparation for the 'Healthcare Challenge' project
  • Managing difficult conversations and developing resilience
Day 5 - Tuesday 12 January - Leading teams
  • NHS Finance - the national picture
  • Systems leadership and service development
  • Understanding commissioning
  • To develop knowledge of wider system leadership
  • Developing/expanding services; writing a business case
  • Understanding the role of managers and how they can help
Day 6 - Monday 8 March - Leading for improvement
  • Development of strategy: 10 year plan, review of targets; personal leadership journey
  • The 'Healthcare Challenge'
  • Presentations and reflective learning
Day 7 - Wednesday 21 April - Leading for improvement
  • Building team effectiveness
  • Compassionate leadership
Day 8 - Sunday 6 June, Manchester - Course completion and showcase event
  • Showcase event in parallel with new cohort
  • Project posters judged, top 3 presented
  • Celebration dinner with keynote speaker

How to apply

Entry to the cohort is highly competitive and delegates will be selected by a panel on the basis of a two page CV and a supporting statement. The statement should be no longer than 500 words and include:

  1. What experience you already have of the leadership of service change and quality improvement
  2. What particular skills or experience can you bring to the programme
  3. How you will benefit from the programme
  4. Your future career aspirations

The BCS is keen to ensure that the cohort has gender, geographical and generational diversity. Applications must be accompanied by a statement from your TPD or clinical director supporting your participation in the program and full attendance at all 8 meetings of the cohort.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to executivepa@bcs.com by midday on Monday 16 March 2020. Please mark the email subject as ‘BCS Emerging Leaders Programme 2020/21’.