Preparing for Consultant Posts
You are eligible to apply for a consultant post any time after the six months leading up to your CCT date.
Some people don’t feel ready at this point to apply for a consultant post and will either spend a further six months post CCT in their deanery as a trainee or will apply for a post CCT fellowship (either within the UK or Abroad).
There are many skills that will be required of you as a consultant that are non-clinical. Some of these can be learnt using the many resources you have around you when you have started your new job (using the experience of the multi-disciplinary team around you) and some can be ‘learnt’ on various courses.
- The RCoA have courses on ‘Leadership and Management’
- The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland have courses on ‘Becoming a Consultant’ and ‘The Consultant Interview’, often joint-badged with the RCoA.
- NHS Leadership Scheme at the NHS Leadership Academy
- 'Preparing for a Consultant Post' and Leadership Programmes with The King's Fund
- The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Managment run an extensive range of courses on Leadership and becoming a Consultant.
Dr Jonny Rajan offers guidance on how to prepare for consultant applications in his article:
Dr Paul Rolfe recites his journey into Pain Medicine after seven years as a consultant: