Learning to Lead

For our services to achieve excellence we need leaders at all levels. This programme is designed to help you understand and develop your leadership style. Working through the programme will give you the chance to build on your current skills and develop new ones to unleash your leadership potential.


Levels of Development



Bronze level is an introduction to leadership. You'll discover more about yourself by completing the TURAS Leadership foundation modules. The self assessment questionnaire, from Project Lift, will give you insight in to your strengths and areas for development.


Silver builds on your learning and brings it in to practice in your clinical area. You'll have the opportunity for coaching and will develop your thoughts on the next steps in your leadership pathway and development.


For Gold you will be given the opportunity to undertake 'paired learning'. Alongside a colleague from a different discipline within NHS Lothian you will work together to understand each others' roles and responsibilities and you will join forces in a joint improvement project. Self reflection and 360 degree feedback will bring you to the end of this programme. Your leadership journey will continue....

Development matrix


Getting started

Starting the Clinician Development Programme is simple.
  1. Using the resources listed below work through the Bronze section

  2. Once you have completed all parts of the Bronze section send an email with your accompanying evidence to CDF@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

  3. Your Bronze level certificate will be sent to you with instructions on how to sign up for Silver and Gold levels should you wish to

If you have any questions please contact the team at CDF@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk




Here is a list of resources that you might find useful

Providing and signposting Leadership opportunities for doctors across Lothian.

Download the Leadership Conversations handbook (bottom of the linked page). It will help direct conversations between you and your mentor and has lots of useful resources.

For your self assessment questionnaire and lots of great resources and events.

  • GMC Guidance on leadership


Reading list


There are lots of great books on Leadership and each of us will vary in our views of which are best. Here's a list of books we have learnt from and enjoyed.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

  • Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet

  • Legacy by James W. Kerr

  • Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success by Matthew Syed

  • Patients Come Second by Britt Berrett and Paul Spiegelman

  • If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do ... by Fred Lee

  • Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare by John Ballatt

  • Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence ... by Anthony Mazzarelli and Stephen Trzeciak

  • Radical Help: How We Can Remake the Relationships Between Us and Revolutionise the Welfare State by Hilary Cottam


Dr Sara Robinson
Deputy Director of Medical Education
Emergency Consultant