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A Practical Guide to Developing Your Skills as an Effective Clinical Director

Fri, 22 Nov 2024

Virtual, Online

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Whether you are currently a Clinical Director, or aspiring to be one, this well established virtual conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Clinical Directors and develop your skills as an effective Clinical Director. The programme will focus on developing the skills of Clinical Directors and aspiring Clinical Directors. You will have the opportunity to hear from experienced Clinical Directors in areas including understanding what makes an excellent Clinical Director, tips and advice for aspiring clinical directors, developing your clinical leadership skills, improving team performance, improving wellbeing and supporting doctors in difficulty, and driving improvement in quality including meeting the CQC Key Lines of Enquiry for your directorate. The conference will provide you with the key skills and attributes to develop your role as a current Clinical Director or move forward to the Clinical Director role.

"Local leadership at clinical service level, and sometimes at individual ward level, can be critical in determining the quality of care"

Care Quality Commission

A GMC commissioned report found that the job of a Clinical Director is one of the most demanding:

“Several leaders called attention to the pivotal role of Clinical Directors. They pointed to the paradox that Clinical Directors have perhaps the most difficult of roles in people management terms, and a direct impact on perceived working culture. However, they have the least experience of leadership and little developmental support. ”

How doctors in senior leadership roles establish and maintain a positive patient centred culture Research Report for the General Medical Council

“It is apparent from the reflections of senior medical leaders that in some respects the most demanding but unsupported period of the medical leadership journey is in the first step beyond consultant (or equivalent) leadership, often as a clinical director. Many participants acknowledged that performance in these roles can be central to the experience of colleagues, but that they are undertaken by those who are still novice leaders and receiving limited developmental support.”

How doctors in senior leadership roles establish and maintain a positive patient centred culture Research Report for the General Medical Council

As a result of delegate feedback we have included some essential sessions with tips and advice on difficult issues Clinical Directors face in practice including managing job plan negotiations, HR advice and managing tricky grievances, and addressing common legal queries

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with Clinical Directors, Aspiring Clinical Directors and those who support them

  • Understand the key competences, attitudes and skills that make a good Clinical Director

  • Learn from outstanding practice in developing your skills as a Clinical Director

  • Reflect on national developments and learning including working under pressure

  • Understand the key elements of the role

  • Develop your skills in Clinical Leadership

  • Understand how you can improve your management and support for colleagues who are experiencing difficulties and exhibiting difficult behavior

  • Identify key strategies for improving team working, and wellbeing in your directorate

  • Drive improvements in quality improvement

  • Understand National Developments in Patient Safety and gain practical advice for improving patient safety, managing incidents and learning from deaths

  • Understand the highs and lows of the role from the perspective of experienced Clinical Directors

  • Gain practical advice on difficult issues such as managing job plan negotiations, managing tricky grievances and common legal queries

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Dr Abdul Ashish

Consultant Respiratory Physician and Deputy Medical Director
Wrigtington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Trust

Dr Natalie King

Clinical Director Medicine
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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