Emerging Leaders Programme
Unlock your leadership potential and drive positive change in cardiology and the NHS with the BCS Emerging Leaders Programme. Designed to empower healthcare professionals with the skills required to lead service transformation and extend their influence in the field of cardiology, this programme offers a unique opportunity for growth and development.
About the BCS Leadership Academy
Established in 2019, the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Leadership Academy is dedicated to nurturing leadership skills among healthcare professionals. Our participants gain invaluable insights into clinical leadership and change management within today's NHS landscape. They are guided by seasoned health service leaders and managers, including Professor Sir Chris Ham, co-chair of the NHS Assembly, emeritus professor of health policy and management at the University of Birmingham, and senior visiting fellow at The King’s Fund, where he served as Chief Executive from 2010 to 2018. Professor Ham emphasises the importance of leadership development in healthcare:
'Leadership development programmes are essential in supporting clinicians to take on leadership roles. These programmes offer learning about the context in which healthcare is delivered and the skills needed to manage people and resources. Above all, they equip clinicians with the confidence to lead improvements in patient care and to understand the ‘bigger picture’ in which they and their colleagues work.'
By participating in this programme, you will be able to:
Drive Service Improvement: Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to lead service improvement projects in cardiology and the NHS.
Expand Your Leadership Horizons: Gain professional leadership skills that extend beyond cardiology, empowering you to make a broader impact on healthcare.
Network with Industry Experts: Connect with like-minded colleagues across the UK through our peer-to-peer network, opening doors to collaboration and innovation.
Advance Your Career: Benefit from the valuable lessons learned in the programme to advance your career in clinical leadership.
The BCS Emerging Leaders Programme is open to senior cardiology trainees, recently appointed consultants, senior nurses, physiologists, and radiographers working in cardiology multi-disciplinary teams. To be eligible for the programme, applicants must be BCS members and fall into one of the following categories:
- Trainees within one year of CCT
- Consultant cardiologists within 3 years of first appointment in June 2023
- Physiologists in the HSST/RCP program to consultant clinical scientist
- Nurses and radiographers at Band 8A and above
2023/24 Programme Details
The upcoming cohort of the BCS Emerging Leaders Programme will commence in November 2023, featuring in-person sessions at the BCS offices in London. The final day will be scheduled within the BCS Annual Conference, which takes place on 3-5 June 2024 in Manchester. Each delegate will complete a service improvement project at their Trust and participate in a Healthcare Challenge with a small group on the Programme. The service improvement project is a pivotal component of the programme and will require dedicated time and effort as projects will be presented at the BCS Annual Conference 2023, where attendance is expected.
Participation in the programme is funded by the BCS, with support from various industry companies, without any influence on programme content. Delegates are responsible for their travel costs for the programme days held in Fitzroy Square, London, and to attend the final meeting at the BCS Annual Conference.
A sample delegate programme is available here
Apply by 11.59pm on Sunday 1 October by filling in the form here.
Join us on your journey towards leadership excellence in cardiology. The BCS Emerging Leaders Programme is your platform for transformation and growth. Apply now to secure your spot in this highly competitive programme!
Dates and session times to be confirmed.
- Programme introduction and expectations
- My leadership journey: how to get established and succeed in cardiology – building teams and working with others
- Join 2020 ELP Celebration Event project presentations
- Informal meeting with ELP alumni
- Leading successful and sustainable projects for quality improvement
- Development of self as leader
- Personal qualities and personal impact of leaders
- Key leadership concepts
- What shapes us as a leader?
- Enhancing your impact as a leader
- Emotional intelligence: Understanding self to understand others
- DiSC personality tool – introduction
- NHS infrastructure and how the NHS works NHS values, culture and behaviours
- Local Trust organisation and interface with regulators and national bodies
- Systems leadership and service development
- Understanding commissioning
- To develop knowledge of wider system leadership
- Project surgery with delegates from 2020/21 group
- Leadership and DiSC: It’s all about the EI
- NHS funding and the development of successful business cases
- Understanding the role of managers and how they can help
- Supporting consistent, constructive and fair evaluation of the actions of staff involved in patient safety incidents
- Preparation for the ‘Healthcare Challenge’ project
- Managing difficult conversations and developing resilience 1
- Managing difficult conversations and developing resilience 2
- Building team effectiveness
- Development of strategy: 10 year plan, review of targets; personal leadership journey
- Preparation for Celebration Event and Conference
- The ‘Healthcare Challenge’
- Presentations and reflective learning
- Compassionate leadership
- Preparation for end of programme
- Course completion Celebration Event
- Showcase event in parallel with new cohort starting in 2022 - Project posters judged, top 3 presented
- Key note speaker
The yearbook for the 2021/22 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Programme, containing delegate information and their project abstracts, is now available to view.
- Chris Wilkinson - Establishing an ambulatory unit for people with heart failure
- Damien Collinson - Standardisation of diabetes screening and management in patients admitted to NHS Golden Jubilee National Hospital with Acute Coronary Syndromes
- Dan Jones - The Barts Heart Attack Centre early discharge pathway:-a novel protocol for next day discharge after primary PCI for ST-elevation myocardial infarction
- Farhana Ara - Navigating challenges completing a QIP during COVID19: Pacing in post-TAVI patients
- Freya Lodge - Development of a Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Service in South-East Wales
- Gordon Begg - Improving arrhythmia services in a large district general hospital trust
- Hannah Sinclair - Post-Covid-19 Syndrome: A Dedicated Cardiology Clinic
- Hussain Contractor - Establishing a Vascular Optimization Clinic in Greater Manchester
- James O’Neill - Standardising the referral and management of patients with infective endocarditis at a large tertiary cardiothoracic centre
- Jennifer Middleton - Establishing a pathway for the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias in patients with pulmonary hypertension
- John McGowan - Improving Cardiovascular Care for Patients Receiving Immunotherapy for Cancer in North London
- Jonathan Behar - A digital pathway to support pre-procedural, shared decision making and consent
- Jonathan Hinton - Developing a cardiology admission proforma fit for the 21st century
- Merzaka Lazdam - Integrated Care in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation Presentation and Creation of the Hot AF Clinic
- Mohammed Abubakr - KERNOW Comprehensive cardiology chest pain management and treatment pathway
- Oliver Guttman - Introduction of a structured ward round on CCU at Barts Heart Centre
- Pierpaolo Pellicori - Football at the Heart of Research
- Victoria Pettemerides - Improving initiation of Disopyramide for patients with symptomatic obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
- Victoria Stoll - Improving access to MR imaging for patients with non-MR conditional cardiac devices
The yearbook for the first cohort of the Emerging Leaders Programme, containing delegate information and their project abstracts, is now available to view. The posters produced by delegates for presentation at the end of the cohort can also be viewed below.
- Alex Rothman - Establishing a remote monitoring service for patients with pulmonary hypertension
- Aneil Malhotra - Initiating and leading a Prevention, Rehabilitation & Sports Cardiology Service in the North of England
- Anvesha Singh - Local utilisation of cardiac imaging in ischaemic heart disease: producing a combined cardiac imaging request form to streamline the referral pathway
- Arjun Ghosh - Developing a complete CAR T cell cardio-oncology programme – how the BCS ELP showed the way
- Daniel O'Hare - Development of a Non-Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia treatment pathway
- Helena Bolam - Referral Management for Patients with Suspected Heart Failure during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Ibrahim Yearoo - Improving Efficacy and Sustainability of Virtual Cardiology Clinics
- Joanna Lim - The Creation Of The Oxford Heart Centre Staff Well-being Team
- Laura Dobson - Development of a novel Complex Valve Assessment Clinic
- Paul Haydock - Developing an Integrated, Multidisciplinary Clinic for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients and their Carers from across the Wessex Region
- Rajiv Sankaranarayanan - Community IV Diuretics for acute decompensated heart failure using a portable elastomeric pump and point of care blood tests
- Rebecca Dobson - Equality in Cardiology; Encouraging and Supporting The Female Cardiologists of Today & Tomorrow
- Shazia Hussain - The evaluation of departmental adherence to the European Society of Cardiology guidelines in the assessment of ventricular function after Myocardial Infarction
- William Moody - Extending the Reach of Expert Amyloidosis Care: Development of a Hub-and-Spoke Model