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20 April 2022
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More webinars, please!

By Dr Kim Nurse

ST3 GP trainee and FMLM Trainee Steering Group representative for London

In June 2021, the FMLM Trainee Steering Group (TSG) launched a series of free-to-access evening leadership webinars, based around the FMLM leadership development agenda and covering a wide range of topics aimed at junior doctors.  This was new territory for the TSG, but we have been inundated by interest and feedback, with hundreds of participants tuning in from across the UK and Internationally. We are hugely grateful to the speakers and all attendees. We will continue developing and growing the webinar series this year.

We launched the series of seven, monthly webinars with a session led by our East of England rep, Dr Tanvir Hossain, on Rising to the Challenge of Sustainable QI; the session was led by Dr Aklak Choudhury from the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, and Ahmed Hossain, Head of Engineering and Quality at Rolls Royce. We received resounding feedback of "more webinars please", so on we went.

Session 2 focused on an Introduction to NHS Structure and Finance for Clinicians, which was one of our most well attended sessions with consultants asking if they could attend to learn more about this important and highly relevant topic. Again, we received great feedback, "really clearly delivered in a non-intimidating atmosphere…made the topic very relevant to us as junior doctors", and "I have more of an appreciation for money involved in my job. It has encouraged me to think more about funding models and the structure of the NHS".

Session 3 covered Compassionate leadership in a complex world and featured ‘Time to Think’ coach, Suzy Stirling, and Dr Liz Thomas, Clinical Director and Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.  The session was extremely well received and, as one participant said, "your sessions have made me realise there is so much more I can draw from compassionate leadership and, by doing so, can be more effective".

Session 4, Working with others, was delivered by Maire and Paul Brankin of Oxford Executive Coaching, and focused on how to influence, inspire and drive improvement within teams to improve the delivery of healthcare. As one participant said: "Considering the idea I have different competence levels in managing different people and situations, [this] is very helpful in how I approach improving my leadership skills".

Session 5 explored Inclusive leadership and was hosted by Dr Josie Cheetham, FMLM TSG rep for Wales and Inclusivity Lead, who brought together a diverse panel of speakers who shared their leadership stories and journeys, focussing on how to lift up others to reduce inequality. As Dr Nnenna Osuji, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust Chief Executive, explained: "Actively invite others to make sure you have diverse representation and recognise the opportunity that comes from hearing a different opinion to your own."

For Session 6 we were privileged to have former BBC journalist Karen Ainley, from Mosaic Media Training, to provide doctors with the tools and knowledge to handle the media. The session covered key media skills, tips and tricks. As many of us increasingly find ourselves in front of the media, this session was highly valuable and relevant to all in the NHS who may end up at some point taking on the role of spokesperson. As one attendee said: "I now have an easy-to-recall approach to work through, should I be involved in the media/communications aspect of any NHS-related job".

For Session 7, Leading Through the Climate Crisis, we were delighted to be joined by an expert panel of speakers working towards delivering a Net Zero emissions NHS, including Dr Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer for the NHS. It was an inspiring evening, with shared insights, tips and advice on how to make progress in local trusts and practices. As Nick said: "One of the biggest challenges we face on a daily basis is there is no road map, we get things wrong and then we pivot; there is no other way you can do something like this." When asked what kept him going, he said: "It's the people you get to work and do this with, you speak out, you go talk to people, you find your allies and you find the part you can work on".

It has been fantastic to see the response to these webinars both in terms of those wishing to speak and the feedback and numbers of delegates who have attended so far. We aim to continue providing these webinars on a regular basis and look forward to watching the series grow and develop.

If you have an idea for a webinar or are interested in collaborating with the TSG, then please do get in touch at tsg [at]

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