Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme

Scheme Overview

Fellows will have mentorship from senior medical leaders and utilise protected special interest time to lead local projects that make a meaningful difference for their organisations.

We progress beyond the basic capabilities expected of all psychiatrists, to accelerate fellows development through the combination of a high impact leadership development programme, with a local apprenticeship model, where fellows proactively engage in leadership projects and are mentored by senior medical leaders within their organisations.

The scheme occurs in-programme, utilising special interest time over a 12 month period, and is open and available to all higher specialty trainees. Fellows unite with colleagues from across the UK through a suite of virtually delivered modules that have been developed and are led by our exciting new faculty of established psychiatric leaders.

Tailored to develop fellows’ behaviours in accordance with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management’s Standards for Medical Professionals, fellows become better prepared to lead themselves, their teams, and lead within the organisations and systems of modern mental health services. 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to embedding a culture of medical leadership to benefit patient care, and the Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme is a strong platform for achieving this ambition.

High quality care

Widen the number of highly skilled medical leaders able to develop and foster collaborative practice and high quality care.

Improved services

Bring an enthusiastic and fresh perspective with committed time to help improve the safety and quality of your services.

Enhanced medical engagement

Fellows hold mutually enhancing conversations with trainees, senior leaders and management to boost the performance of the organisation.

Emerging medical leaders

Invest in your local talent and nurture the next cohort of medical leaders within your organisation.

Heightened self-awareness

Gain a deeper understanding of your own leadership style and how to be authentic in your role.

Discover your inner leader

Begin or continue the process of discovering and releasing your leadership potential.

Mentoring, networking & support

Learn from senior medical leaders and develop an inspiring network of like-minded peers, including from within the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme Alumni Network, which fellows are invited to join on completion of the scheme.

Leadership & management skills

Develop advanced leadership and management capabilities that will help you become a better medical leader and accelerate your career.

Followership skills

Gain a greater understanding of the role that followers play in the co-construction of leadership identities.

Career autonomy

Take control of your career by extending your portfolio and building a local and national profile.

Fellows network with colleagues from across the UK and learn from their collective intelligence during a bespoke leadership and management development national training programme at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

  • ST4 and above
  • 12 month ‘in programme’ experience utilising protected special interest time
  • Mentorship from senior medical leaders
  • Local leadership and management experience
  • National RCPsych leadership and management development programme
Leadership and management development must take place in the context in which an individual works; developmental experiences have the greatest impact when they are linked to or embedded in your on-going work and when they are an integrated set of experiences. 

For this reason, developing Fellows as apprentice leaders within their local organisations is a key aspect of the
RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme and predominantly occurs through their engagement in local leadership projects.

Local leadership projects should be determined in conjunction with the Fellow’s organisational mentor and be of strategic or operational significance to the organisation. It is acknowledged that the details and output may change throughout the year - leadership is often not a straight line! 

Utilising one day per week of special interest time, Fellows can join existing projects or develop smaller projects of their own. With their mentors, they will plan appropriate collaboration and supervision for their projects.

Fellows will not only improve their leadership and management skills but utilise their unique insights to make a meaningful contribution to the organisation.

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 Network support Action Learning Sets to provide ongoing support and development.

We are excited to have developed a new faculty of established psychiatric leaders who have developed and will lead the national training programme. This builds on the RCPsych’s extensive experience of providing highly regarded leadership and management training, and our emerging expertise at delivering online events.

The programme is evidence-based, trainee-centred, and tailored to develop fellows’ behaviours in accordance with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management’s Standards for Medical Professionals. Fellows become better prepared to lead themselves, their teams, and lead within the organisations and systems of modern mental health services. 

This progresses their development beyond the basic capabilities expected of all psychiatrists, and through a full-day’s programme, incorporating Action Learning Sets and support for their local leadership projects, fellows learn from established medical leaders and gain from the collective intelligence of the group who come from diverse geographical, specialty and demographic backgrounds. 

Fellows develop advanced leadership and management capabilities that help them become better medical leaders and has proven to accelerate their careers, including support to apply for Associate Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, which it is anticipated they will be well positioned to apply for on completion.
 
Key features
  • designed specifically for psychiatric trainees
  • expert and inspirational leaders from diverse backgrounds, regions and specialties
  • experiential online workshops to raise self-awareness
  • content shaped by Fellows reflecting their unique needs
  • dedicated support to help them rethink and refocus their evolution as a leader
  • develop a personalised portfolio of learning resources
  • an ideal platform for future leadership roles
  • supports Fellows to make an application for Associate Fellowship of FMLM

Organisational sponsors are required to identify and nominate a trainee(s) to the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme through an open and competitive process.

There is no cost to the trainee for enrolling on the RCPsych Leadership and Management Scheme as organisational sponsors fund their trainee.

The sponsorship fee for 2021/22 is £2000 which must be paid on enrolment.

It is the organisation sponsor’s responsibility to ensure that the trainee has sought permission from their Training Programme Director (TPD) and that they will be located clinically within that organisation for the duration of the programme.

It is the organisation sponsor’s responsibility to ensure that the trainee has an identified senior medical leader within the organisation who will mentor the trainee throughout the scheme. The expectation is that this is the Medical Director or a nominated deputy.

The scheme sessions will be delivered online.  All expenses are negotiated at a local level and are not included within the £2000 sponsorship. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is not liable for reimbursing travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses to participants in the scheme.

To be nominated for the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme, the trainee should be: 

  • in good standing with the GMC
  • a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • be appointed to an ST4 or above post with a National Training Number (and not be within 12 months of completion    of training on the intended start date)
  • be prepared to do the necessary pre session work and post session reflection to support an assessment of their progress
  • have evidence of satisfactory progress in training
  • have the support of their TPD
It is the trainee’s responsibility to ensure their attendance at the national training programme and to utilise study leave if training days fall outside their special interest time.
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