Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Medical Leadership Programme

Blackpool Foundation Year Doctors; Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership

CETAD has been delivering an in-house Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership Programme for Foundation Year 2 Doctors for over 7 years. 

It is a practical programme, designed around the GMC Medical Leadership competency framework, not too dissimilar to what students experience on the open programme. The doctors are initially encouraged to think about their personal development and leadership competency development needs, alongside the learning they intend to take from the taught modules.  

During the year they work on a service improvement project, supported with action learning.  This not only provides something back to their employer; it also is an opportunity to apply their leadership skills and embed their knowledge as  they work collaboratively and cross professionally in their healthcare system. This is a really good grounding as they prepare themselves for the next stage of their careers, with several students continuing to study with CETAD to gain a full Masters in Medical Leadership.

“ The Foundation year CETAD Leadership course is playing a significant role in developing leadership skills in the next generation of junior doctors and is a prime driver to enhancing patient care at Blackpool. Through this course, we have been successful in influencing senior management and increasing the profile of QI at our trust. Junior doctors can be significant catalysts for change and it is important that their energy and enthusiasm is successfully harnessed. This not only benefits their own careers , but contributes immensely to patient care and organisational development.”

Dr Raj Nichani, Consultant Anaesthesia/Intensive Care & Service Improvement and Leadership Lead (Education), Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


"By gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership I have been able to enhance my portfolio which I hope will stand me in good stead for future job applications.  I’d certainly recommend the course; it introduces junior doctors to concepts of medical leadership and impacts of change on the NHS.  I found it a useful and enjoyable programme and for anyone considering the course, I would advise to get involved and enjoy the challenge!"

Dr Caroline Murphy, previous student on the course