Preparing for a consultant post
You are eligible to apply for a consultant post any time after the six months leading up to your CCT date.
Some people don’t feel ready at this point to apply for a consultant post and will either spend a further six months post CCT in their deanery as a trainee or will apply for a post CCT fellowship (either within the UK or Abroad).
There are many skills that will be required of you as a consultant that are non-clinical. Some of these can be learnt using the many resources you have around you when you have started your new job (using the experience of the multi-disciplinary team around you) and some can be ‘learnt’ on various courses.
- The RCoA have courses on ‘Leadership and Management’
- The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland have courses on ‘Becoming a Consultant’ and ‘The Consultant Interview’, often joint-badged with the RCoA.
- NHS Leadership Scheme at the NHS Leadership Academy
- 'Preparing for a Consultant Post' and Leadership Programmes with The King's Fund
- The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management run an extensive range of courses on Leadership and becoming a Consultant.
Dr Jonny Rajan (Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia) offers guidance on how to prepare for consultant applications
Applying for a consultant post can seem like the last treacherous passage of a long and arduous road. The NHS mandate, health economics, specialised versus specialist services, the quality agenda and best practice tariffs are all topics of minor interest as a trainee, which now simmer to the top of a new and baffling agenda. So what are the pitfalls; where should one start and is this the end or merely a staging post in the pursuit of excellence?
In this web resource we will focus on eligibility for applications, which areas of the health literature must be at your fingertips, the process of consultancy application, how to understand yourself and the job role, complexities specific to pain medicine, key resources and what to do if all else fails. Finally, we will look at what happens when you finally cross the Rubicon and the very different landscape you face as a consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia.
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