Personal Development

This course has been a major contributing factor in my recent promotion to Full Professor.


The support we offer each other has been affirming and valuable for our roles as leaders.


Probably the most influential week of my academic career.


"Building research capacity though networks and leadership"

"The future of primary care research"

See the past programme cohorts ➥


Programme Content

The programme consists of three residential meetings in Oxford designed to help participants explore different aspects of leadership in primary care research. Participants are encouraged to identify their own development needs, form peer learning sets and establish a two year follow up programme. They are provided with access to current leaders in primary care research, experts in strategic leadership and one-to-one coaching.

Programme outline – 3 years

  1. Five day intensive residential meeting in Oxford at the start of the programme.
  2. Ongoing contact as part of the peer learning set.
  3. Participating University Departments to host participants from other universities (2-12 weeks).
  4. Interim (year 2) residential meeting in Oxford
  5. Residential meeting (year 3) in Oxford
  6. Written report submitted by all participants.

Programme Content

1. Five day residential intensive meeting in Oxford at the start of the programme

The participants will meet with Academic staff from Oxford and from participating universities where possible.  The aim of this meeting is for participants to meet each other and learn about each other’s research interests as well as the resources available in each of the participating universities.  Throughout the week participants are provided with input from current leaders in primary care research as well as from experts in strategic leadership.  Topics include: leadership, career paths, leading multidisciplinary teams, financial issues, and publishing. Participants are provided with one-to-one coaching from experts in the field.

Recent speakers include:

  • Professor Doug Altman (Director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford).
  • Sir Iain Chalmers (Co-founder of The Cochrane Collaboration and co-ordinator of the James Lind Initiative)
  • Professor Paul Glasziou (Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, Bond University)
  • Fiona Godlee (Editor-in-chief, BMJ)
  • Dr Ben Goldacre (best-selling author and campaigner)
  • Professor Sir Muir Gray (Founder, NHS National Knowledge Service and director, Better Value Health Care)
  • Trish Groves (Deputy editor, BMJ and editor-in-chief, BMJ Open)
  • Professor Carl Heneghan (Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford)
  • Professor Richard Hobbs (Head of Department, Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford and director, NIHR School for Primary Care Research)
  • Richard Horton (Editor-in-chief, The Lancet)
  • Professor André Knottnerus (Chairman, Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Netherlands)
  • Professor Kathryn Maitland (Professor of Tropical Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London)
  • Professor Frank Sullivan (Research Professor, University of Toronto and Honorary Professor, University of Dundee)
  • Professor Chris van Weel (Immediate Past President, World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca))

To date ten cohorts from around the world have participated in the programme and they continue to meet and network on an ongoing basis.

2. Ongoing contact

Participants are expected to maintain contact with their peer learning set throughout the programme.

3. Placements

Each participating university may be asked to host one or more participants in the cohort from other universities for periods from 2 to 12 weeks. The participants will follow up with the university (or universities) that will be most useful for them to spend time working with and arrange short sabbaticals in these departments.  The aim of these visits will be to develop collaborations, work on joint projects and produce joint publications.  Participants may wish to spend shorter times at several locations or a longer time at one university.

4. Interim (year 2) residential meeting in Oxford

Participants will join previous cohorts in a joint meeting in September. They will spend two or three days in Oxford to further the work they are doing together, provide peer support for each other, meet other cohorts and follow up on the first meeting.

5. Residential meeting (year 3) in Oxford – follow up

Participants will spend two or three days in Oxford in September. Again this will be a joint meeting with previous cohorts with time for both joint and single cohort activities. Participants will present the results of their participation in the programme including what they have achieved over the two years and where this is leading them.

On completion of the programme participants have the opportunity to continue meeting with other cohorts in Oxford on a yearly basis in September. This interaction with more senior previous participants has been found to be very valuable for new cohorts.

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