Leadership for Veterinary Surgeons (2023)

10 weeksPersonal DevelopmentPrimary Care12 CPD hours

This solutions-focused course has been developed to support veterinary surgeons who are currently in leadership positions or those who aspire to become leaders. It is designed to help individuals lead, manage and motivate their teams effectively, to help them to communicate more successfully and feel confident handling difficult situations.  The course is underpinned by a real-time discussion forum where you can ask any questions as you work your way through the lessons. There are also live Q&A sessions where you can chat with our speakers and other course delegates about the content or those challenging cases you may be seeing in practice that you might need some help with.

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Course Content

Lesson 1: Exploring leadership 29/05/2023
learning outcomes
  • To understand what leadership is and how it is defined
  • To explore the skills essential for leadership
  • To consider the pitfalls and challenges of leadership
Lesson 2: Being an effective leader 05/06/2023
learning outcomes
  • To explore the attributes of effective leaders
  • Understand leadership styles
  • Recognise personal values and strengths
  • Challenging stereotypes of leadership and subconscious conditioning from how we have been led previously
Lesson 3: Communication for effective leadership 19/06/2023
learning outcomes
  • To understand how to communicate effectively
  • To explore appropriate assertiveness
  • To consider how transactional analysis can aid communication
  • Managing hierarchies and creating open communication channels
Lesson 4: The role of compassion & empathy in leadership and how to build relationships 26/06/2023
learning outcomes
  • To consider how compassion and empathy can be used in leadership
  • To understand the importance of establishing trust and building relationships within the role.
  • To describe the concept of an emotional bank account
Lesson 5: Time management, leadership logistics and decision making 03/07/2023
learning outcomes
  • To understand the concepts of self and task management
  • To consider how task management can be employed by leaders
  • To identify the practicalities of being an effective leader
  • Making change – managing expectations and timescale
Lesson 6: Team dynamics, motivation and organisational culture 10/07/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand how to engage and motivate teams for optimal performance
  • Describe the components of consistently high performing organisations, teams, and individuals
  • Consider the importance of organisational culture
  • Leader’s roles in developing and maintaining practice values
Lesson 7: Civility, conflict management and giving high impact feedback 17/07/2023
learning outcomes
  • To understand the importance of promoting civility as a leader
  • To consider how to manage conflict, difficult conversations and constructively deal with inappropriate behaviour
  • To developing effective debriefing skills.
Lesson 8: Stress solutions and resilience 24/07/2023
learning outcomes
  • To understand that wellbeing and self-care are the foundation of high performing teams
  • To proactively consider and recognise stress in ourselves and others
  • Managing your responsibility for the needs of your team’s vs your own needs
  • To develop a self-care toolkit including strategies to build resilience

Meet the speakers

Dan Tipney

Head of Evidence & Insights, VetLed

Dan provides an array of insights into human performance gained from his perspective across numerous disciplines. Formally as an international athlete, sports coach, pilot instructor, and airline pilot, he now delivers training and support for veterinary teams. Dan led the Human Factors training programme at a major UK airline and has since developed and delivered non-clinical training to both veterinary and healthcare professionals. He represented Great Britain both as an athlete and a coach and has a great passion for supporting teams so that they can consistently achieve their goals. Across all fields Dan has consistently identified that understanding ourselves as humans, both individually and collectively is the basis delivering positive change. At VetLed, Dan collaborates with experts from veterinary medicine, aviation, psychology and healthcare training when developing training material, campaigns, patient safety tools and cultural initiatives. VetLed's mission is to enhance performance in practice through the reliable delivery of clinical skills.

Helen Silver-MacMahon

MSc PSCHF, Cert VNECC, DipAVN (surg), Cert SAN, RVN

Helen qualified as an RVN in 2000 and has worked in both first opinion and referral hospitals. Since qualifying, she has gained certificates in ECC and Small Animal Nutrition and the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (surgical).  In 2021, Helen completed a MSc in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors at the University of Edinburgh and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Lincoln exploring the non-technical skills that veterinary nurses require when monitoring and maintaining anaesthesia. She is also working towards chartered ergonomist status. Helen is an RCVS Knowledge Champion for her role in the sustained training and use of a surgical safety checklist within the small animal theatre at the former Animal Health Trust. Helen is passionate about developing the veterinary profession's understanding of Human Factors as a powerful aid in improving patient safety, enhancing performance, and supporting the wellbeing of the veterinary team. She enjoys lecturing internationally and has written articles and co-authored several book chapters on both clinical and non-clinical aspects practice. Helen is also collaborating with the University of Aberdeen to research Incivility in veterinary practice.

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