Quick start to embark on your consultant career (NCDP)

New Consultants Development

The RCP has designed two new workshops specifically aimed at final-year registrars and doctors in the first five years of being a consultant.

These workshops will provide you with the opportunity to gain relevant knowledge and skills in order to make the best possible start to your consultant career, as well as offering the chance to discuss your experiences with colleagues.

What will you learn?

Day 1 – Starting out as a consultant

This workshop explores the rewards and challenges of becoming a consultant. It seeks to address the range of knowledge and skills that you will require in order to establish yourself in your first consultant post, including:

  • the structure of the NHS
  • clinical governance
  • risk management and clinical incidents
  • how to deal with complaints
  • clinical coding.

There will also be the opportunity to consider your personal qualities and how they impact on others around you. Many of whom will look to you for cues on appropriate attitudes and behaviours in the healthcare setting.

Day 2 – Developing yourself, developing the service

Having survived the initial stages of becoming a consultant, you will be eager to continue to develop yourself personally and professionally. As well as making important changes to the service that you offer to patients.

This workshop explores aspects such as personal development, time management, developing a portfolio career, the role of commissioners, developing a business case, and people management skills such as influencing and negotiating.

Please Note: Delegates must attend both workshops in order to complete the course. 

The programme is designed to run over two non-consecutive separate days; delegates should attend the days in order.

Who should attend?

  • consultants
  • final-year trainees.

Course fee

  • Full rate: £595

Upcoming dates


Future Dates

Please email education.courses@rcp.ac.uk to register for early notification of when future dates are live for booking.

Early-bird discounts are available for workshops booked in advance.


To discuss commissioning this workshop as in-house training for your trust, please contact us by phone on +44(0)20 3075 1555 or by email at inhouse@rcp.ac.uk.


Membership and early-bird discounts are available. More information on becoming a member, and benefits from discounted RCP members delegate rates at conferences, training and events, is available.