New consultants and transitioning into the role

Information and guidance for those in the early stages of their consultant career.

The new consultant skillset

While much of the information you need will have been gained during your training (and your Portfolio is a key area to review and reflect on your skillset) it may be necessary to undertake further training in the early stages of your consultant career.

  • Leadership and management skills to support you and your team
  • Managing your time
  • Running and managing clinics
  • Involvement in clinical governance and risk management
  • Training and teaching the next generation - knowledge of curriculum and assessment is essential. If you have not been on an educational supervisors course then consider  undertaking one as soon as possible. RCPCH Effective Educational Supervision course runs regularly
  • Skills consolidation and development
  • Further research skills development
  • Responsibility for your own professional development  and proactive planning within the appraisal and revalidation process

Managing the transition - RCPCH Stepping Up pilot 2017-18

RCPCH is running a pilot of a College-facilitated regional network for senior trainees (post START ST7s and ST8s) and newly trained consultants (up to 3 years into consultancy) to support these doctors with this challenging 5 year transition period “Stepping Up” from senior trainee to new consultant. The aim is to pilot the regional networks between September 2017-August 2018 in Wessex and East of England and evaluate them to determine impact, sustainability and effectiveness for this group of doctors. Each pilot region will have a Stepping Up Champion to drive the network in their region.  Find out more about the pilot and resources of relevance to this transition phase. 


Mentors and coaches

A crucial aid to new consultants’ development in the early stage of their career is having an effective sounding board to support transition and progress in the role. While this may be your line manager/supervisor, there may be issues that you don’t feel able to discuss openly with them.  A role of a mentor and/or coach can be fundamental to helping you achieve your potential, resolving issues or difficulties along the way.  Many trusts offer a mentorship scheme for consultants in the first 5 years after CCT and having a mentor (paediatric or otherwise) can be very helpful. 

Further information on mentoring support, including what is available from RCPCH

New consultants should also refer to the career development section for more information and opportunities.onsultant paediatrician is someone who has successfully completed a training programme in paediatrics and has gained entry to the GMC specialist register. Currently the entry point to the specialist register in paediatrics is by successfully gaining a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Certificate of Eligibility for the Specialist Register (CESR).