39 oncologists attended the management skills workshop at the RCR and discussed the skills and approaches needed to undertake effective management as a Consultant clinical oncologist. On the first of the three-day programme topics included appraisal, revalidation and dealing with difficult colleagues, specialist commissioning of radiotherapy and chemotherapy services, and the QIPPs (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) drive by the NHS. The afternoon sessions covered key challenges as a Consultant including managing capacity and demand issues and also maintaining personal and professional integrity in demanding clinical and non-clinical front line situations. Day two examined clinical research, social media, quality improvement, business planning and clinical leadership. On the final day, participants learned about succeeding in the Consultant interview, how to supervise trainees, NCAG and acute oncology, and mentoring.
Feedback from delegates has been very positive, including this personal recommendation from one: “I would definitely recommend this course to trainees approaching the end of their training as it was very informative and covered each particular aspect of management practice. The excellent mix of speakers and a topical programme made it relevant both to those applying for consultant roles and for consultants new in-post.”