Surgical Programmes

Future Leaders Programme for Surgeons (FLP) 2024/25

The Future Leaders Programme (FLP) is open to general surgeons, ENT, urology, OMFS, breast, vascular, cardiothoracic, neurosurgeons, paediatric and plastic surgeons. The first cohort in 2021 was exclusively supported by Ethicon and the J&J Institute and accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The more recent cohort has been supported by J&J Institute, the Vascular Society, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, SBNS, ENT UK and BAOMS.

FLP is a 12-month blended learning programme supporting surgeons (ST8, SAS or in the first years of consultancy), from the specialties listed above, with the passion to be future leaders within their specialty and equip them with the advanced leadership skills needed to excel. The programme is accredited by RCSEd and the College has helped with the administration of the programme since 2021.

[Note: for the Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery FLP, please visit the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) website: BOA Future Leaders Programme]

Participants will complete an educational project which will provide the vehicle for learning and development of leadership skills. The programme has 4 modules of 2 days live learning each: 4 virtual, 2 face to face in Birmingham and 2 face to face in Edinburgh, with Action Learning Sets which will be self-directed. The final 2 day session will take place live at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 


Future Leaders Programme for Surgeons Applications 2024

FLP is now open for applications. Please email to request an application pack.

The deadline for applying is Wednesday 12 June 2024.


Read the testimonial below from Alice Hartley, Consultant Urological Surgeon, on completing the FLP programme:

I have done quite a bit of leadership training in the past (ex-military) but unlike the mandatory 3 day leadership course you have to do prior to CCT I have really found that this one has stretched me. 

You can work on it as much as you want. They are also flexible with the deadlines - they know we are all busy and it is useful to have targets to work towards but sometimes life gets in the way and they understand that.

The bespoke evaluations have also been very useful. We have been asked to do various tests which demonstrate our leadership style, and in combination with the workbooks and personal development plans, I really feel I have a far better insight into my strengths and weaknesses.

The symbiosis of the course with a leadership project is a brilliant concept, as it helps put the theory into practice. So often I go on on non-technical course and come away with great ideas but then if I don't use them straight away the skills fade. This forces the application of the theory into a tangible output. Given that the content and scope of the project is entirely up to us, we can push ourselves or tread cautiously depending on our own circumstances.

It has also been great connecting with UK wide surgeons at the same stage of their careers, in a variety of specialties. I have made some close links with colleagues I have met on the course who have really contributed to my project (which is for prostate cancer patients) despite them not having any urological experience.

Essentially I cannot rate it highly enough. 


In aide of your FLP applications, past participants have provided screen casts and information to help guide you through the programme and how it has helped them:




Alex Whittam



Andraay Leung

Spine Surgery


Ann Sunny

Upper GI


Anouk Bourg



Dave Riding

Vascular Surgeon


Ellen Mergatroyd

ST8 General Surgery


Jeremy Batt

Oncoplastic Breast


Lewis Meecham

Vascular Surgeon


Lucie Wright



Phil O'Halloran



Thanos Zisakis




Read the full programme overview here.

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