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Personal Development Minicourse – 5 October

Date: Saturday 5 October 2019

Audience: This course is open to all grades and specialties

Early bird ends 13 September 2019!

Our brand new personal development minicourses are an opportunity to take an indepth look at areas of your practice and learn practical strategies and techniques from our expert trainers which will help you take control of your workload, manage complexity or progress your career through publication.

Teaching will be in small groups led by an expert facilitator, and the courses will be tailored to your individual needs so you go away with a toolkit of practical solutions you can implement in your practice the very next day.


8:15 - 9:00

Mindfulness or Yoga (optional)

Delegates will have a choice of sessions to attend in this slot

9:15 - 9:45

Keynote: The NHS People Plan – What does it mean for me? (optional)

In June 2019 the interim NHS England People Plan was announced. The Plan sets out a vision for a new way of working that will deliver more joined up, patient centered care while at the same time improving work-life balance and flexibility for staff across the organisation. 

It’s an ambitious project with far reaching objectives, from improving leadership culture, to tackling workforce shortages and introducing new operating models. In this opening session, Helen Bevan will discuss what the NHS People Plan will mean for you, what changes are to come, and how its influence will be felt across the four nations.

Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons

10:00 - 12:45

Minicourse: Taking control of your workload 

The aim of the course is to give you the skills to build resilience, effectively manage your workload and give the best care to your patients while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Trevor Bibic, Learning and Development Consultant, The Careers Group, Brightbloom Training Ltd

12:45 - 13:55

Lunch and networking

Why not:

  • Explore the Careers Fair Exhibition
  • CV checking and 1-2-1 careers advice
  • View our Live Jobs Board
  • Pensions Advice

14:00 - 16:45

Minicourse: Managing complexity and uncertainty

We are operating as leaders in a world that is increasingly dynamic, fast moving and with so many complex dilemmas that there is often no “right” answer. In this lively and interactive session, Helen Bevan will help us explore some of the latest ideas, tools and approaches from leading practitioners of large scale change around the globe. We will reflect on the practical implications and opportunities for our work in a world where the balance between “old power” (positional power and authority) and “new power” (networks and social movements) is shifting. We will consider how to build our individual and collective capability for leading change and delivering results in this new world.

Helen Bevan, Chief Transformations Officer, NHS Horizons

16:45 - 16:50

Summary and close

Tailor your experience
BMJ Live is a multi-stream conference, so you can tailor your experience by also choosing to attend sessions from our other courses and workshops running at the same time. View the full programme of options below.

Other streams on Friday 4 October
GP General Update
Physicians General Update
Getting your work published
Taking control of your workload
Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice 

Other streams on Saturday 5 October
GP General Update
Care of the Older Person
Physicians General Update
Musculoskeletal Medicine

BMJ Careers Fair
As part of your conference package, you will also have access to our careers fair exhibition, and a variety of content to help you progress your career. View the programme.

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