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

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


  • 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. 


More details to be announced shortly.


  • 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)

More details to be announced shortly.


  • Supporting colleagues in difficulty (led by Ian Curran, Assistant Director of Education and Standards, General Medical Council)

More details to be announced shortly.


Workshop groups will be small, led by expert facilitators in each area and tailored to the specific needs of participants to make sure you leave the course with practical solutions to help you enhance your leadership potential and become effective as a medical leader. Morning workshops will be repeated in the afternoon so you have an opportunity to attend two sessions on different topics during the day. 


Marriott Hotels Experience Day

Marriott International Inc. is a global lodging company with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott Hotels believe in putting people first, pursuing excellence, embracing challenge and acting with integrity.

The Experience Day will give you the opportunity to visit the Liverpool Marriott Hotel and hear first hand from their leadership team about how they maintain their edge in a competitive landscape. The day will look at themes such as attracting and retaining staff, developing and growing leaders to support associate engagement, how to make customers feel valued and how to drive associates to deliver.


Participants from the Marriott Hotels programme in 2016 recommend this day as offering:

”A unique insight into another industry with similar challenges to healthcare.”

“Practical ideas and strategies to take back…”

“The opportunity to share problems and solutions with other attendees.”

Further development and networking opportunities to be announced.