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ASiT Leadership in Surgery: Pre-Conference Course

Leadership in Surgery

Virtual Pre-Conference Course


Course Convenor: Chris Bowman

Target audience: all training grades

Please note this course cannot be booked as a standalone course. To be eligible to attend, you must register for the ASiT Virtual Conference 2021.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the theory and application of different leadership styles
  • Explore what leadership style suits you
  • Understand various implications of your leadership in day to day practice
  • Learn how to apply your leadership skills at work and develop your credentials as a future leader of the workforce.

Course Format:

This is a one-day, three-module interactive leadership course aimed at the early stages of a future NHS leader’s journey, progressively exploring, teaching and then facilitating worked examples of some foundational leadership tools. Through improved understanding of these tools, their application and the challenges faced in leadership, students are armed with a new perspective and improved perceptions; setting conditions for greatly improved experiential learning in their day-to-day work and improved followership. It also provides a contextual framework on which experience of, and future training, leadership and management can be built.

Module 1: Building the basics - “Transformers, Transactors and Action Centered Leadership”

What issues are there in current leadership practice? We unpack current culture and the common leadership styles seen within surgery, with pros and cons of both discussed. This provides an explanation for many of hte discussed issues and proposes improvements to begin the process of betterment. Cognitive tools are also introduced to provide a better perspective on leadership problems, with worked examples to facilitate depth of understanding.

Module 2: Building on the basics - The three components: stress, resilience and burnout

How can we do better? Now we understand the basics we explore relevant elements of military command doctrine and their potential application to NHS leadership. This allows us to begin to act on our improved awareness and fill the cracks we begin to see around us. We also further explore the root cause of many of those cracks, discussing moral injury, acute and chronic stress reactions and burnout. Leaders are shown why they are crucial in preventing, spotting and mitigating them.

Module 3: Building a Bigger Picture - Levels, Orders and Martins

How does this apply to the wider NHS? What effects can I have on the bigger picture? We explore the different levels of leadership, from running a four-man team at the front to considering the perspective of a larger team in formal management roles. More cognitive tools are unpacked and applied to help our understanding of interactions between levels and the wider impacts of our actions. The desired end state is an improved awareness of chains of command and leadership, basic followership theory and of how and why we can, and should, influence the future of the NHS for better

Course Programme

08:30 - 09:00 - Registration, coffee, welcome
09:00 - 10:00 - Module 1.1: Transaction & Transformation
10:00 - 10:15 - Break
10:15 - 11:15 - Module 1.2: Action Centricity & Group Work
11:15 - 11:30 - Break
11:30 - 13:00- Module 2.1: The Three Components
13:00 - 13:45 - Lunch break
13:45 - 14:45 - Module 2.2: Moral Injury & Burnout
14:45 - 15:30 - Module 3.1: Levels of Leadership
15:30 - 15:45 - Break
1545 - 1700 - Module 3.2: Higher Orders, Margins and Round-up

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