Emerging Leaders Programme

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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


The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Leadership Academy was established in 2019 to provide leadership skills to healthcare professionals through expert Faculty. The BCS Emerging Leaders Programme is open to senior cardiology trainees, recently appointed consultants and senior nurses, physiologists and radiographers working in cardiology multi-disciplinary teams to develop the knowledge and skills to drive service improvement and importantly to provide professional leadership more widely in cardiology and the NHS. Applications are now invited to join the 2022/23 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Programme. This is a highly competitive programme and there are a maximum of 25 delegate places available.  Prospective applicants must be BCS members and will be trainees within one year of CCT, consultant cardiologists within 3 years of first appointment in June 2022, physiologists in the HSST/RCP programme to consultant clinical scientist, or nurses and radiographers at Band 8A and above.

The 2022/23 cohort of the BCS Emerging Leaders Programme will commence in the autumn of 2022 and will be delivered face to face at the BCS offices with the final day in June 2023 immediately prior to (or part of) the BCS Annual Conference. Successful applicants must commit to attending all course days and must have the support of their Trust management to do so.  This is vitally important as the cohort is intentionally limited in numbers to facilitate small group working and to make this program as educational as possible. Failure to attend, without extenuating circumstances, may result in removal from the programme. During the year, one of the main objectives is for each delegate to 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 key component of the programme and will require a dedicated time commitment given that these projects are competitive and will be presented at the BCS Annual Conference 2023 where attendance is expected.

A draft programme for the BCS Emerging Leaders Programme is available here. Please note this is an outline only and is subject to further review and potential modification. The speakers are those for the 2021/22 programme and are not yet confirmed for 2022/3.

Please note that participation in the programme is funded by the BCS with thanks to sponsorship by pharmaceutical companies. Delegates must register to attend the BCS meeting in June 2023 and are responsible for their own transport and hotel costs. Delegates are also responsible for their travel costs for the programme days held in Fitzroy Square, London.

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 500 word statement which should include:

  • What experience you already have of the leadership of service change and quality improvement?
  • What particular skills or experience you can bring to the programme?
  • How you will benefit from the programme?
  • What your future career aspirations are?
  • What your initial thoughts about a subject for a service improvement project are?

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

Expressions of interest should be submitted to executivepa@bcs.com by midday on 31 August 2022. Please mark the email subject as ‘BCS Emerging Leaders Programme 2022/23’.

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Dates and session times to be confirmed.

Day 1
  • 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
Day 2
  • 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
Day 3
  • 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
Day 4
  • 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
Day 5
  • Managing difficult conversations and developing resilience 1
  • Managing difficult conversations and developing resilience 2
Day 6
  • Building team effectiveness
  • Development of strategy: 10 year plan, review of targets; personal leadership journey
  • Preparation for Celebration Event and Conference
Day 7
  • The ‘Healthcare Challenge’
  • Presentations and reflective learning
  • Compassionate leadership
  • Preparation for end of programme
Day 8
  • Course completion Celebration Event
  • Showcase event in parallel with new cohort starting in 2022 - Project posters judged, top 3 presented
  • Key note speaker
2020/2021 Cohort Yearbook

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.

View the 2019/20 ELP cohort yearbook