Leadership & Management Fellow Scheme FAQs

Here you can find frequently asked questions for the College's Leadership & Management Fellow Scheme

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We are excited to launch a new blended approach to the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme, adopting a digital-first approach during the pandemic.

While the potential for future face-to-face contact days will be kept under constant review, with any decisions made reached in collaboration with Fellows, we are proud to offer more regular supervision in an online setting and offer Fellows a unique opportunity to learn how to digitally lead and engage within organisations.

Applications are now open for the 2021/22 scheme.

Click here to download the 2021/22 nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is Monday 5 July.

The RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme combines a virtual training programme with a local apprenticeship model.

It should be funded by the organisational sponsor.

It should not be funded by the local education board or self-funded.

This helps ensure that the trainee has the full support of their organisation throughout the scheme.
The RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme combines a virtual training programme with a local apprenticeship model.

It requires an organisational sponsor, an organisational mentor and trainee.
 
The RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme requires an organisational sponsor.

This is the person responsible for:

- Nominating trainees through an open and competitive process,

- Securing the £2000 funding which is payable immediately on enrollment,

- Ensuring that the trainee has sought permission from their Training Programme Director (TPD) to be located clinically within that organisation for the duration of the scheme,

- Identifying a senior medical leader within the organisation (the expectation is that this is the Medical Director or a nominated deputy) to mentor the trainee throughout the scheme.

The organisational sponsor may also be the organisational mentor.

In addition to individual project supervision, Fellows should be supported and mentored throughout the scheme by a senior medical leader within their organisation. This is a key aspect of the scheme and is essential to the success of the Fellow’s role.

The mentoring role is anticipated to be held by the Medical Director, Deputy or Associate Medical Director who can ensure that they get access to the necessary meetings or contacts to support their work.

A minimum of six mentoring sessions should be held throughout the 12-month duration of the scheme.

It is also expected that Fellows will have opportunities to shadow at an executive level and with key external health and local authority partners to gain a deeper understanding of healthcare leadership and management within the wider social, political and economic context.

The RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme Alumni from the last two years will support the running of Action Learning Sets who will provide ongoing support around the course and the project.

While the 2021/22 national training programme launches in September 2021, with the final contact day in June 2022, the scheme is intended to run across a 'traditional' training year.

The role can officially commence any time between

The role can officially finish any time between July 2022 and August 2022.

This is to be negotiated locally and agreed in advance.

Within these limits, we recommend commencing as soon as possible, and finishing as late as possible, to maximise the time available for local leadership and management experience.
Yes. All sessions will be delivered in a virtual setting.
There is no anticipation that a trainees CCT date should need to be extended.
It is a 12 month 'in programme' experience utilising special interest time for local leadership and management experience.

For this reason, trainees cannot be out of programme in any capacity (i.e. C, E, R or T), for any duration, while undertaking the scheme.
The RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme is inclusive of all trainees meeting the eligibility criteria, this includes those working Less Than Full Time (LTFT).

Please ensure that, prior to nomination, your organisational sponsor, mentor and Training Programme Director (TPD) are aware of your personal circumstances and are in agreement that any local leadership and management experience is tailored accordingly.
It is a 12 month 'in programme' experience utilising special interest time for local leadership and management experience.

For this reason, trainees cannot CCT prior to completion of the scheme.

For the 2021/22 cohort, this means that a trainee’s CCT date cannot be before June 2022.         
Trainees must be clinically located within that organisation for the duration of the scheme. It they don’t know what organisation they will be clinically located within, they cannot apply.

We understand the difficulties regarding this.

If you’re a trainee, we recommend approaching potential organisational sponsors as early as possible and with their support, exploring potential options with your Training Programme Director (TPD) +/- Heads of School.

If you’re an organisational sponsor, we recommend advertising the scheme through an open and competitive process, and supporting trainees to gain permission from their Training Programme Director (TPD) for them to be clinically located within that organisation for the duration of the scheme.

It is the organisational sponsor's responsibility to ensure that the trainee has sought permission from their Training Programme Director (TPD) for them to be clinically located within that organisation for the duration of the scheme.

Training needs always take priority.
Trainees are required to be ST4 or above and cannot CCT prior to completion of the scheme.
On successful completion of the scheme, trainees will receive a certificate of completion from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Trainees will also be better positioned to apply for Associate Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Successful completion of the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme is not determined by individual project success or failure.

Success is more meaningfully determined by the Fellow’s engagement with the programme and - as determined by reflective practice and their mentor’s feedback - their learning, growth and leadership development throughout the scheme.

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