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Life as a Consultant: Potential Challenges and Practical Solutions

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


The Recently Appointed Consultant’s Committee annual symposium is a key event in the College calendar, tackling themes that affect the healthcare workforce today, particularly those having recently completed training. This year’s symposium has lectures on interviews, patient opinion and job satisfaction related to consultant jobs. In addition, the symposium boasts a variety of breakout sessions dedicated to looking deeper into issues facing doctors today. Topics discussed in the breakout sessions this year include patient safety, stress in the workplace and working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

With expert speakers and breakout session leaders, this symposium aims to be an engaging and interesting event tailored to those in the first ten years of consultant appointment and senior trainees.  Information about the Recently Appointed Consultants Committee will also be highlighted here giving you an insight into the key work that the College undertakes.

We look forward to seeing you at what is going to be a valuable and interesting symposium in these interesting times!

Email: rac@rcpe.ac.uk

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Wednesday 21 June 2017


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by Vice President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1

Chair: Dr Catherine Labinjoh, Consultant Physician, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert and RCPE Recently Appointed Consultants Committee Co-Chair


Interviews: top tips for interviewers and interviewees
Dr Nick Fluck, Medical Director, NHS Grampian
*pre-interview *challenges and opportunities with interviews *being on the other side of the panel


Breakout session 1
Choose two of the following for breakout sessions 1 and 2:

A: How to fulfil your potential as an educator - Dr Anna Dover, Consultant Physician, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
B: How to craft a multidisciplinary team - Dr Laura Ryan, Associate Medical Director, NHS24
C: Getting published: what the BMJ means by co-production with patients - Mr Paul Buchanan, Patient Editor, British Medical Journal
D: Effective collaboration with managers - Dr Nick Fluck, Medical Director, NHS Grampian



Session 2


Breakout session 2
Choose another of the topics listed in session 1


RCPE Recently Appointed Consultants' Committee
Dr Marion Slater, Consultant Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen and RCPE Recently Appointed Consultants' Committee Co-Chair
*What is the Recently Appointed Consultants Committee? *How to get involved *How can RCPE help you? * The RCPE Mentoring Scheme



Session 3

Chair: Dr Marion Slater, Consultant Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and RCPE Recently Appointed Consultants' Committee Co-Chair


How can a new consultant make an impact on quality improvement?
Dr Simon Watson, Chief Quality Officer, NHS Lothian
*principles of quality improvement *exemplars of QI *putting into practice as a new consultant


Patient stories meet QI: are you making the most of your patient stories?
Mr Shaun Maher, Strategic Advisor for Person-centred care and Improvement, Scottish Government
*putting the person at the centre *examples of good and bad practice *tapping into the cloud of patient feedback & incorporating it into clinical practice & improvement work


Breakout session 3
Choose two of the following for breakout sessions 3 and 4:

E: Improving Quality and Safety [of care] - Dr Simon Watson, Chief Quality Officer, NHS Lothian
F: Patient information and consent for physicians - Ms Nicola Cotter, Scottish Liason Advisor, General Medical Council
G: Interview skills for clinical or non-clinical posts - Professor Charles Swainson, Retired Renal Consultant, NHS Lothian
H: Performance at work – maximising personal performance and managing performance scrutiny - Miss Tracey Gillies, Medical Director, NHS Lothian



Session 4

Chair: Dr Anne Scott, Consultant Cardiologist, Borders General Hospital


Breakout session 4
Choose another of the topics from session 3


“You can’t be a person and a doctor” – lessons from a study of work-life (im)balance in doctors in training
Dr Antonia Rich, Research Associate, University College London
*job satisfaction in medicine *has work-life balance changed in the last 20 years *examples and suggestions for the future


From Medical Degree to Medical Director. Reflections on the past and insights into the future of working in the NHS
Miss Tracey Gillies, Medical Director, NHS Lothian
*past examples & reflections on life in the first 20 of their own medical careers *current challenges & opportunities for Recently Appointed Consultants, e.g. in research *the future of the profession - what will be the boundaries for Recently Appointed Consultants?




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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 20 June 2017 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until Tuesday 23 May 2017

from Wednesday 24 May 2017

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student (refundable deposit)



Medical student – deposit refunded to those who attend the event.

Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Free places

Unpaid post – if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please email g.mcalister@rcpe.ac.uk to join as an Associate Member, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

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Further Info

This event is open to senior trainees and newly appointed consultants. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Where appropriate, certificates of attendance will be issued electronically.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Interactive map and directions

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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