Next Generation Leaders 2019

Our first South West Trainee Clinical Leadership Conference

28 March 2019



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“All junior clinicians are in unique but also challenging positions to lead and improve the teams, organisations and wider health service in which we work.”


Our seven HEE-SW Leadership Fellows Linked up with two Academic Foundation Trainees from Torbay Hospital to work together to produce a SW wide regional trainee clinical leadership conference, bringing together a diverse array of speakers and workshops, both local and external.


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This was to be a trainee conference organised by trainees, run by trainees, for trainees. They were supported by myself as the Lead for the SW for Leadership development, the Educational Faculty team at the Deanery, along with the Leadership Academy and the BMA.

The 200 trainee delegate places were booked up within 2 weeks of registration opening! Clinical Leadership Mentors were invited alongside trainees to attend the conference to start leadership mentor-trainee integration.


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Evaluation feedback has been fantastic!

The conference has helped change the way trainees think about clinical leadership.


“Inspired me to consider my own role as leader”

“I am more empowered to try”

“I feel more confident in leading a team, now that I know what my leadership qualities are, and how I can develop them”

“been a really useful insight”

“I think this conference was inspiring about how as doctors we can be better leaders”

“made me realise how many opportunities there are within the workplace….you don’t have to be a consultant or director to be a leader”


Examples of three take home messages

  • "Keep the passion"
  • "Good communication is key"
  • "Lead clever!"


Finally, we asked for suggested improvements for next year

“Please hold again!”

”More workshops please”

“More from junior doctors in leadership roles”

“None! Brilliant conference. Great venue and speakers”


More photos of the day


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                                          Entertainment at lunch - Somerset vs Cardiff University at Somerset Cricket Ground

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                                                 Poster presentations by trainees

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                                                    Interactive speaker presentations

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                                                  Leadership needs YOU!

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                                                     A variety of workshops to suit all!

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More information of the conference can be found on the next-generation-leaders website