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


Each year, senior cardiology trainees and recently appointed consultants are invited to join the cohort of the ELP at the BCS Leadership Academy (usually) held at the BCS Annual Conference. This introductory day to the ELP is delivered in partnership with the American College of Cardiology.

The BCS faculty and programme for 2021/22 is led by Dr Sarah Clarke, Past President of the BCS and includes Prof Simon Ray, Immediate Past President of the BCS.

The 2021/22 cohort of the BCS Emerging Leaders Programme will commence at the BCS virtual conference in June 2021 where the incoming cohort will be required to attend the virtual session that completes the 2020/21 cohort. The remainder of the programme will be delivered over a year involving the equivalent of 8 days. The precise format will be determined by the restrictions placed by the pandemic and is likely to be a mix of virtual and face to face sessions, which will be held at the BCS offices. The final (8th) day of the programme will be held at the BCS Annual Conference in 2022 where a celebratory dinner will be held as the cohort graduate.

*Pending review*

Dates and session times to be confirmed.

Session 1 - September 2021
  • Programme introduction and expectations
  • NHS infrastructure and how the NHS works
  • NHS values, culture and behaviours
  • My leadership journey: how to get established and succeed in cardiology – building teams and working with others
Session 2 - October 2021
  • Emotional intelligence: Understanding self to understand others
  • DiSC personality tool – introduction
  • Local Trust organisation and interface with regulators and national bodies
Session 3 - October 2021
  • 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
Session 4 - November 2021
  • Leading successful and sustainable projects for quality improvement
Session 5 - November 2021
  • DiSC: Where were we?
  • Leadership and DiSC: It’s all about the EI
Session 6 - December 2021
  • NHS Finance – the national picture
Session 7 - January 2022
  • Systems leadership and service development
  • Understanding commissioning
  • To develop knowledge of wider system leadership
  • Preparation for the ‘Healthcare Challenge’ project
Session 8 - February 2022
  • Managing difficult conversations and developing resilience 1
Session 9 - March 2022
  • Managing difficult conversations and developing resilience 2
Session 10 - March 2022
  • Developing/expanding service
  • Writing a business case
  • 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
Session 11 - April 2022
  • Development of strategy: 10 year plan, review of targets; personal leadership journey
  • Preparation for Celebration Event and Conference
Session 12 - April 2022
  • Building team effectiveness
Session 13 - May 2022
  • The 'Healthcare Challenge'
  • Presentations and reflective learning
Session 14 - May 2022
  • Compassionate leadership
Course completion and showcase event - June 2022
  • Showcase event in parallel with new cohort starting in 2022 - Project posters judged, top 3 presented
  • Celebration dinner with keynote speaker
  • BCS Conference, Manchester

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