Professional and Generic Skills

The Professional and Generic Skills programme is a collaborative venture provided by NHS England - South West - working across the South West and delivered by University of Plymouth Faculty of Health.

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 NHS England - South West

working across the South West

NHS England South West

NHSE SW - working across the South West is funding a number of places for the intake year 2023-24 for Doctors & Dentists in Training (ST3+) and a small number of places for SAS Doctors (Specialty Doctor, Staff Grade and Associate Specialists) in more senior roles in the Peninsula and Severn regions.  The programme is designed to provide a unique combination of practice skills, knowledge and thinking to develop your career path as a clinical leader within an evolving NHS.

You will need to commit nine days each academic year to attend all modules which are offered virtually.

Please find a link to the Programme Brochure here: Promotional-Professional-and-Generic-Skills-Programme.pdf

Key themes will include:

  • Patient safety, quality systems and your personal responsibilities

  • Communications, partnership and team-working

  • Maintaining trust, medical ethics, and medicine and the law

  • NHS structures and funding

  • Developing management and leadership skills for the future

The programme is stand-alone and will attract 49 Royal College of Anaesthetists CPD credits.  It also provides the opportunity for further postgraduate progression in either clinical education or healthcare management, leadership and innovation at the University of Plymouth.

Module Content and Learning Outcomes

Module 1 - Patient safety, quality systems and personal responsibilities (1 day)

Module 2 - Communications, partnership and teamwork: teaching and learning (1 day)

Module 3 - Communications, partnership and teamwork: communications (1 day)

Module 4 - Maintaining Trust; medical ethics, and medicine and the law (1 day)

Module 5 - Management and leadership:  NHS structures and funding (1 day)

Module 6 - Management and leadership:  personal skills (2 days)

Module 7 - Quality Improvement (2 days)

Further detail available here.

2023/24 Module Dates


How To Apply

Professional & Generic Skills Administration team:


Telephone:  01752 437442

Website: Professional & Generic Skills Programme

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