Leadership programmes

There are many opportunities for GPs to develop leadership capabilities, in vocational training, through formal programmes and in day-to-day practice.

Become a primary care leader

We've partnered with London South Bank University (LSBU) and Modality Partnership to offer a work-based learning programme that provides the practical knowledge, understanding and skills required for leading primary care at an executive level.

The Leading Primary Care programme is aimed at primary care partners and leaders, covering all aspects of primary care management and leadership for effective general practice and PCN working.

The programme is open to all, not only new partners or GPs, and includes executive coaching sessions valued at £500 provided by the RCGP and LSBU.

RCGP members will also have free access to the RCGP mentoring portal, matching them with a mentor based on their skill needs.


The programme costs £2995.

New practice partners can fund the course through the NHS New To Practice programme, if eligible. This is not managed by the RCGP or partner course providers.

Enrolment is now open, with the programme commencing in September 2021.

Register online now

Organisational management and leadership is one of the 13 capabilities which form the RCGP curriculum. Our GP trainee page highlights some of the resources which are available to support trainees in the delivery of the leadership and management aspects of the curriculum.

Fellowships enable newly qualified GPs to enhance their clinical, educational and leadership potential and support current and future primary care workforce needs. A number of organisations offer Fellowships, including Health Education England and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

There are many other leadership programmes and commercial training opportunities. Some of the key leadership programmes include, but are not limited to:

BMA leadership programmes

FMLM – GP leadership development programme

NHS Education for Scotland Turas Learn leadership and management programmes

NHS England – General Practice Improvement Leads programme

NHS Leadership Academy - Edward Jenner programme

NHS Leadership Academy - Mary Seacole programme

NHS Leadership Academy - Nye Bevan programme

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