Practical Advice for New Consultants


 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow   

 6 CPD Approved

This informal day guides newly appointed consultants, or those who are about to be appointed, through the major issues they will encounter in the first years following appointment.

Book Now Closing date: 27 September 2022


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This informal day guides newly appointed consultants, or those who are about to be appointed, through the major issues they will encounter in the first years following appointment.

The day will be conducted under Chatham House Rules* to allow participants to share experiences and ask questions, from not only experts; but also newly appointed Consultants. The programme will give special attention to those areas not discussed in postgraduate or specialty training.

The topics covered during the day include:

  • the interview process for consultants roles
  • understanding the gap between training grade and consultant posts
  • the Consultant contract and the job planning process
  • time management and the efficient running of your office
  • work life balance
  • career progression and alternative roles
  • the role of realistic medicine in medical practice
  • opportunities in service development, locally and nationally

Who should attend?

  • Newly appointed consultants
  • Senior trainees approaching CCT completion
  • Those returning from a period of absence

The aim of the course is to provide introductory guidance for those new to consultant posts. Among the topics covered, delegates will be introduced to the consultant contract, as well as receiving guidance on the importance of effective time management and job planning.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Name the principal components of the consultant contract
  • Describe the principles which should be applied to the job planning process
  • State the meaning of the term Realistic medicine and give examples of its use in medical practice.
  • List the factors to be considered in relation to time management.
  • State the principal differences between training and consultant grades.

The programme meets the criteria for dental enhanced CPD development outcome B.

* When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

GDC development outcome:



28 September


Morning Session

28 September

09:00 - 09:15

Registration, tea and coffee

28 September

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome and introduction

28 September

09:30 - 10:00

Making the move - my experience on the transition from training to consultant

28 September

10:00 - 10:45

The consultant contract and job planning for new consultants

28 September

10:45 - 11:30

Coffee Discussion - Hints and tips, preparing for the consultant interview and the first few months in the job

28 September

11:30 - 12:00

Project Lift - developing self and others

28 September

12:00 - 13:00

Time management and secretarial support

28 September

13:00 - 13:45


28 September

13:45 - 14:30

Starting up in private practice - lessons learned

28 September

14:30 - 15:15

Beyond the job plan

28 September

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee/Tea Refesher

28 September

15:45 - 16:30

Realising realistic medicine in consultant practice

28 September

16:30 - 16:31






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Karen Ross


 Email Coordinator


 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow   

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