On Monday 30 October, delegates can access a range of leadership development and networking opportunities, which are designed to support and develop your knowledge of, understanding of and skills in leadership and management, within and outside healthcare. 

Scroll down to read about sessions within the Skills for effective leadership in healthcare programme, on Tribalism and leadership, and information on the closed NHS England Medical Directors meeting.

Skills for effective leadership in healthcare 

This  one day programme  offers knowledge development and practical skills for doctors-in-training, consultants, GPs and aspiring medical leaders. 

There will be a choice of workshops designed to support your particular career needs and contribute towards your development against the FMLM  Leadership and management standards for medical professionals  and the GMC  Generic Professional Capabilities. Download the full programme as a document to send to your colleagues.


  • Influencing and negotiating: Understanding politics (led by Catherine Eden, Managing Director, Eden and Partners)

An understanding of politics – both small and big ‘p’ – can help you to be a more effective advocate for your patients, your organisation and your specialty. Thinking through the policy-making process, what makes local and national politicians tick and how you, in your role as a doctor, can influence the future direction of policy are vital leadership skills. This practical and interactive session will help demystify the politics of health and give you skills and knowledge to work with and influence elected members more effectively. 


The Anatomy of Finance - this session will cover how the NHS is funded and the continuing search for efficiencies to the challenges of setting budgets at service level. This will be an interactive workshop where you will be challenged to set a budget and submit a tender to provide a clinical service.


  • Leading for quality and safety: what does it take? (led by Peter Lachman, CEO, ISQua)

All leaders in healthcare have a responsibility to ensure they are continually improving the services they manage, within the constraints of limited resources. In this interactive session we will cover some theoretical models and develop a set of tools that participants can use in their own context. We will look at how to construct a practical approach to leading for quality, so participants should bring some practical challenges they wish to address. 


  • Managing complexity and uncertainty (led by Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, Horizons, NHS England)

We are operating as leaders in a world that is increasingly dynamic, fast moving and with so many complex dilemmas that there is often no “right” answer. In this lively and interactive session, Helen Bevan will help us explore some of the latest ideas, tools and approaches from leading practitioners of large scale change around the globe. We will reflect on the practical implications and opportunities for our work in a world where the balance between “old power” (positional power and authority) and “new power” (networks and social movements) is shifting. We will consider how to build our individual and collective capability for leading change and delivering results in this new world.

As a result of this workshop we will be able to:

1.            Appreciate trends and approaches that can help us to deliver change in the coming era.

2.            Share our collective knowledge and ideas.

3.            Prepare to seize the opportunities that the environment for change offers.

4.            Take home approaches and  frameworks that can help us to deliver change in our own context.

Download the M1 programme

Tribalism and leadership

How might tribalism play out in a contemporary healthcare setting and what leadership challenges does it present to our NHS?

What is your experience of belonging to a tribe or as some describe it ‘creating a joint way of being’? From the school or university clubs, study groups, to the sports pitches, drinking buddies, protest group, fan group, book club, and the list just goes on…

The reasons we flock together are no doubt in some way meeting some of those basic needs, although no doubt with our amazing thought processes we can rationalise and justify with quite complex reasoning. And of course as well as being proud of belonging to our tribe we naturally seek solace or indeed entertainment in recognising the dysfunctions or failings of other tribes.

With an increased focus on system thinking, system leadership and system solutions, could we be in danger of creating an ever larger civilization where even more tribes emerge?

Clinical fellows from medical and clinical backgrounds will come together with management trainees from Finance, General Management, HR and Informatics, to explore:

  • The complementary elements and the conflictual elements of healthcare workforces.

  • The leadership challenges and potential solutions that will ensure a great culture exits in service of the nation’s good health.

This session has been designed for doctors and clinicians in training.

Tribalism and leadership will be facilitated by Dave Thornton and Alan Nobbs. Those speaking include Jenny Ehrhardt, Angela Thornton, Nisa Khan, Mac Mckeever, Jan Stevens and Kate Langford.

NHS England Medical Directors Meeting

Organised and chaired by Sir Bruce Keogh (National Medical Director, NHS England) and Dr Kathy McLean (Executive Medical Director, NHS Improvement), the annual meeting of medical leaders in England will focus on the theme of improving quality in a challenging financial environment. The programme is designed to be as interactive as possible so delegates can discuss and debate the approach to tackling key challenges the NHS faces in improving patient care.