Becoming a Consultant

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Becoming a Consultant

This two day course will offer an overview of the consultant practice. It will highlight the challenges and offer valuable tips in overcoming them. The course will cover all aspects of non-clinical consultant practice.


New consultants and ST8 (Preferably consultants).

Course Format

Lectures and small group discussions.

Course Objectives

The surgeon's role has a variety of other skills and tasks other than direct clinical care and surgery. The course will enable the delegate of understanding the holistic aspects of consultant practice. It will offer insight into the working of the NHS and how it impacts individual surgical practice It will highlight the various progression pathways in a consultant career and the process. It will focus on work-life balance and mindfulness in the resilience of surgeons in practice.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this one-day course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the mechanisms of the NHS process and its impact on consultant’s practice
  • Explain the principles of team working
  • Describe the process of consent, complaints, and coroners & procurator fiscal.
  • Make an informed decision about career choices and pathways, as an innovator, manager, researcher, and educator.

Course Director

S Rathinam & I K Ritchie


  • Neil Heath
  • Others TBC

Associated Documents

rcse-map-v4.pdf (

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us and a member of our Education team will be happy to help you.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
The Education Section

Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406