Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

Professional Skills Courses 

NHS England Yorkshire and Humber has developed a range of courses for Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs), as well as trainers and SAS doctors. The Professional Skills offering (formerly called 'Generic Skills') aims to provide access to non-clinical personal and professional development courses which support and enhance good medical practice.

In addition we provide a Careers Support Service via designated Associate Postgraduate Deans.

Skills To Create An Inclusive Culture And Challenge Microaggressions
We all deserve to feel safe, respected and valued at work. Recognising and responding to issues that undermine a culture of belonging and psychological safety is an important part of our training as healthcare professionals and leaders. Our personal experiences of diversity training have been that it is not specific to the dynamics of NHS workplaces. We recognise that challenging authority is difficult, but can be especially so when that authority can have very real impacts on training and opportunities. This course will offer a chance to reflect on your workplace culture. For more information and dates, please see Maxcourse.


Leadership for Clinicians Early in their Careers

Clinical leadership is a key element in all curricula and has been demonstrated to improve patient care.

NHS England Yorkshire and Humber are running a free one-day virtual course for doctors in the region. Courses will be delivered by current clinicians and educators.

The course is aimed at postgraduate doctors of the following grades: CT/ST1-4, GPST1-4

This course will be most relevant to those who have little experience of leadership training in the past. This will be an interactive, reflective day providing an understanding of clinical leadership and its role within the NHS.

For dates, more information see the course flyer and Maxcourse where you can also book your place.

Leadership & Management courses are available for postgraduate doctors at grades ST5+ and SAS doctors.

Available Courses

The Professional Skills offer includes the following courses. For more information about these courses or to book, please see Maxcourse.

Where indicated on Maxcourse some courses are open to SAS doctors. Consultant trainers are able to attend the Training the Trainers courses. Otherwise, courses are strictly intended for doctors in training with a Yorkshire and Humber National Training Number.

Leadership for Clinicians Early in their Careers
Aimed at ST1-4 doctors, this interactive and reflective course provides an understanding of clinical leadership and its role within the NHS.

Leadership & Management (3-day course)
Aimed at doctors in higher specialty training, this course provides insight into leadership in the NHS and the opportunity to develop leadership skills and confidence.

Training the Trainers (2-day course)
Aimed at doctors in higher specialty training and trainers, this course equips participants with knowledge and skills to support their roles in medical education.

Interpersonal Communication Skills (2-day course)
Communication in the Real World (2-day course)
These communications skills courses, aimed at doctors in higher specialty training, explore communication challenges and difficult conversations and provide opportunities to practice a range of communication skills.

Medical Ethics
Aimed at doctors in higher specialty training, this interactive course equips participants with tools to identify, analyse and resolve medical ethical dilemmas.

Writing for Publication
Aimed at doctors in higher specialty training, this course explores the process of writing a scientific paper and is especially suitable for Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs)
who wish to develop confidence regards writing for peer reviewed journals.

The Consultant/Fellowship Interview
CV Applications & Interviews

Aimed at doctors in higher specialty training, these courses help Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs) to understand recruitment processes, and common application and interview questions, and help improve their application strategies and interview techniques.

To be announced
We are also working with providers to offer the following courses in 2023-24 as part of our Professional Skills offer. Please check Maxcourse regularly for new course listings:

  • Making the Transition to Consultant
  • Research Skills
  • Legal Issues
Medical Maxcourse Tips - How to book & Errors

All our courses are booked via Maxcourse. Please see below in regards to the common Maxcourse queries we receive.

Do I need a Maxcourse account?

You are required to have an account to be able to book any courses on the system. If you do not already have an account please select the Maxcourse link, select the option 'new user? start here' and provide the requested information.

Once you have created your account you will need to ensure the below has been updated on your account, via 'account details'

  • Profession- Select the one/s that apply, this will be used to confirm you are applying for courses relevant to you.
  • Gender, Main Occupation, Speciality and Trust - if applicable

How do I find a course?

Once you have an account you can use the search course function to search using the title of the course or you can use the course calendar.

If the course consists of multi-day sessions?

Some of the courses we offer involve multi-day sessions. Please be aware before booking any multi-day course that you are able to attend and be granted study leave for all sessions. While we accept that unexpected emergencies can prevent you from attending a session, there is a risk if you miss one session you will not be classed as having attended the entire course. If this occurs you would need to rebook and attend the course again to gain an attendance certificate. 

Will I receive a booking confirmation email?

You may not receive a booking confirmation email from Maxcourse. You can view all your course bookings via your Maxcourse account under ‘my courses’.


Will I receive a certificate?

Once the course has completed, Maxcourse will be manually updated with your attendance. You can view this via your account under ‘my courses’. If the status next to the course title is ‘unconfirmed’ this means we have not yet updated the attendance, please allow at least 5 working days for this to be actioned.

You will receive a notification from Maxcourse when your certificate is ready to view. This notification will ask you to provide feedback for the course before the certificate is made available for you.

Error when booking?

If there is an error whilst you try to book, Maxcourse will provide an explanation of the error and how you can fix it, usually by selecting ‘edit’

The most common error when booking is that the ‘profession’ set on your account does not match the ‘target audience’ listed on the course. The two must match for the booking to be successful.


The course is fully booked, is there a waiting list?

You can add yourself to the waiting list via Maxcourse. Find the course you wish to book, if it is full it will have a ‘waiting list’ option rather than a ‘book’ option. Select waiting list and then head to your basket to complete the waiting list booking.

All waiting list bookings will also show on your account under ‘my courses’.

All those on the waiting list are notified if a cancellation is received and the place is filled on a first come first served basis.


I'm unable to log into my account

There may be a few reasons why you may not be able to log into your account, please consider the below prior to contacting the team;

  • Are you accessing the correct site. There are multiple Maxcourse sites and each require their own log in details, If you know you have an account but your details are not being accepted, it might mean you are on the incorrect site.
  • The User ID will be your email address. Consider whether you had created your account using an alternative email address


Human Factor in Patient Safety

Delivery method: Face to Face

The FLP faculty of Human Factors invites teams of healthcare professionals to attend these one-day training events for improved patient safety in Yorkshire and Humber. The interactive courses are inter-professional education opportunities for teams of any specialty, area, or background to explore and expand their interest and understanding of Human Factors in healthcare.

Areas covered include:

  • What is meant by Human Factors
  • How Human Factors impact on patient safety
  • How Human Factors can be managed for best effect
  • Human Factors in context of healthcare initiatives such as SBAR, checklists and brief/defrief
  • How to use this understanding to make everyday practice safer

Course duration: 1 day

To view course information and book this course, please visit the online booking system MaxCourse (please click on this link) and create your user account, following the instructions below: 

Click on ‘New user – start here’

After you have created your account, you will need to ensure that the following additional fields in ‘User Details’ are completed in order to be able to book onto a course:

Profession – Select the one/s that apply, this will be used to confirm you are applying for courses relevant to your current grade.

The following fields can be found under ‘Personal details’ in the ‘User Details’ section


Main occupation – please select the one that best describes your current grade

Specialty – Select from drop down list

Trust – Select appropriate trust or ‘Not trust based’ if that is applicable

 Click on ‘My Courses’ to see the list of courses you are booked on to.

Skills To Create An Inclusive Culture And Challenge Microaggressions

This course will offer a chance to reflect on your workplace culture. We will discuss challenging scenarios from real life experience in a supportive environment. You will have the opportunity to share scenarios that you have witnessed, for example when you have heard a micro-aggression or felt uncomfortable challenging someone in the workplace. We will discuss these scenarios in small groups and practice how to apply a structure for how to challenge injustice. You will have the opportunity to act out different ways of approaching these scenarios with our talented actor, if you wish. This allows you to practice your skills within a safe and supportive environment. A variety of scenarios will be discussed providing all attendees with the opportunity to apply the structure to different situations.

For course dates and to book, please see Maxcourse.

Curriculum Delivery

Please visit the Curriculum Delivery page in our policies for details in relation to eligibility and the process for financial reimbursement.