Wessex IMGs – Connecting Cultures: Developing your Leadership Potential

Moving across national, professional and organisational cultures offers a huge range of benefits and opportunities – both professional and personal… but culture shift can also sometimes present unforeseen challenges!

This interactive course aims to give you insider information about working in the UK and help you to develop strategies to:

– enhance your contribution to your team
– enhance your leadership skills whilst working in a different culture
– help you to manage cultural shift with resilience
– get the most out of this next stage in your career

The course also offers you an opportunity to meet colleagues, share experiences and start building your professional network.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Delivery: Virtual
  • Methods: Presentation, whole group discussion and activities, breakout sessions, role play, video clips, reflective journaling etc.
  • Pre-event preparation: Pre-course questionnaire, to be returned at least one week before attending.
  • Post-event work: Follow-up on individual Action Plan decided at end of the session, and follow-up using Delegate Resource Handbook together with list of further resources provided in the Slide Pack

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Who can attend

– Wessex IMG Training/Trust/SAS grade doctors who have been practising in the UK for 1-5 years

Aims and learning outcomes


– To give International Medical Graduates ‘insider’ information about living and working as a doctor in the UK
– To help delegates start developing strategies which will enhance their team building and leadership skills
– To provide insights to enable delegates to manage culture shift with resilience
– To provide an opportunity to meet colleagues in a similar situation, share experiences and tips, and start building a professional network.

Learning outcomes:

– Having attended this course, delegates will be able to:
– Manage this professional and personal culture shift with greater confidence and resilience
– Engage more comfortably with the specialist training of doctors in the UK
– Start thinking about your leadership professional development plan

Associated GMC Generic Professional Capabilities (GPC)

Domain 2: Professional Skills (Communication and interpersonal skills)
– Establishing an effective and respectful doctor-patient partnership with the ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion
– Demonstrating effective consultation skills including effective verbal and nonverbal interpersonal skills
– Demonstrating active listening skills
– Demonstrating cultural and social awareness
– Maintaining appropriate situational awareness and sensitivity to the impact of their comments and behaviours on others.

Domain 2: Professional Skills (Dealing with complexity and uncertainty)
– Managing the personal challenges of coping with uncertainty

Domain 5: Capabilities in leadership and team working
– Demonstrating an understanding of why leadership and team- working is important in their role as a clinician
– Showing awareness of their leadership responsibilities as a clinician and why effective clinical leadership is central to safe and effective care
– Demonstrating an understanding of a range of leadership principles, approaches and techniques and applying them in practice
– Demonstrating appropriate leadership behaviour and an ability to adapt their leadership behaviour to improve engagement and outcomes
– Appreciating their leadership style and its impact on others
– Actively participating and contributing to the work and success of a team (appropriate followership)

Faculty biography

Anneliese Guerin-Le-Tendre

Anneliese is an experienced leadership coach, teacher, trainer and facilitator in the public and private sector, and has been working in the NHS since 2008, developing and delivering programmes on leadership, communication, culture, culture change, diversity and inclusion, and wellbeing.

Anneliese’s work – based on the principles of Transformational and Vertical Development Leadership – takes a holistic approach, aligning interpersonal communication skills with values, life purpose and meaning, to offer insights for personal and professional growth and self-empowerment.


Wessex training grade doctors and Wessex SAS/Trust grade doctors are funded by Wessex, so no study leave claims will be necessary for course fees.

Cancellation penalties may apply. Please refer to the Accent Course Manager Cancellation and Refund Policy.

The following event dates are available to book online:

8 February 2024

If you have not yet registered as a user with the Accent Course Manager (ACM) system, you will be required to do so before booking your place.