Professional Skills Courses

Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber has developed a range of courses for postgraduate doctors and dentists in training, 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.


Leadership for Clinicians Early in their Careers

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

Health Education England Yorkshire and the 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.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

HEE is inviting trainees and trainers to join a series of Equality Diversity and Inclusion workshops. Interested delegates may attend any or all sessions. For more information or to book, please see Maxcourse. The workshops are designed to help build understanding of the various topics connected to Diversity & Inclusion; they go back to basics and make no assumptions about what people may or may not know. There are elements of audience participation, some sessions more than others, and colleagues can use whatever function they feel happiest, be that unmuting and speaking or popping things into the chat box. The most important element of these sessions are that they are safe spaces for you to learn and discuss. There is no such thing as a silly question!

Introduction to Diversity & Inclusion
16 May 1-2.30pm and 12 July 10-11.30am
This learning session will give you a good basic introduction to what is equality, diversity and inclusion; have an awareness of the legal implications of the Equality Act; why representation is important and will end by giving you some steps to start your own inclusion journey. 

Understanding the fundamentals of Allyship
17 May 10-11.30am and 14 July 1-2.30pm
The things that underpin allyship are also the fundamentals that underpin what it means to be inclusive, so this is an important learning session to attend, whatever your long term intentions are about being an ally. 
In this session we will look at what allyship is and what it isn’t; look at why intersectionality is important and what it really means; help you to begin to understand privilege and what it means and explore steps you can take to begin your allyship journey.

Unconscious bias to Conscious Inclusion
24 May 1-2.30pm and 20 July 10.30-12pm
This learning session will look at how we process information and introduce you to what unconscious bias is and how it works. We will look at a handful of different biases to aid your understanding and look at what the challenges of unconscious bias are. We will finish by going through the things you can do to assist you in taking those first steps away from unconscious bias to conscious inclusion. 

Inclusive Language
26 May 10-12pm and 25 July 2-4pm
Worried about using the wrong language sometimes? Not sure why certain words upset some people? Then this is the session for you. 
We will look at why language is important and why we need to ensure it is inclusive; you will learn five guiding principles that will help you to ensure your language is inclusive and look at examples to kick off your inclusive language journey. 

Understanding LGBTQIA+ Inclusion
22 June 10.30-12.30pm and 28 July 10.30-12pm
This session will cover some basics around LGBTQIA+ inclusion including terminology, understanding the acronym, pronouns and why they matter. You will hear about the barriers and challenges faced by the community, including health inequalities. There will be some tips for you to help in your inclusion journey.

Mythbusting Menopause
23 June 10-11am
This session is an introduction session to menopause, it will briefly cover what menopause is, looks at common symptoms and will bust some common held myths and offer some advice on how to manage symptoms and how to get the best support from your GP.

Available Courses

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

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 the 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 trainees 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 trainees 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 Medical 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 Medical 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.

Harrogate Experience in Leadership and Management (HELM Course)

The HELM course is a 2 day management course designed for senior medical trainees (ST5+) who wish to understand more about the function of the NHS, the non-clinical management roles undertaken as a hospital consultant and to improve their job application and interview skills.

 The course is delivered by a faculty of experienced senior clinicians and current NHS managers to a group of 16 delegates at Harrogate District Hospital and encompasses topics such as Finance and Commissioning, Current NHS Policy, Hospital Performance and includes Business Case preparation, Governance and Serious incident investigation as well as job application skill workshops.

“Excellent speakers with a wide range of experience and knowledge. A very useful course to understand the structure of the NHS and how a hospital is managed. Very good value for money – I would highly recommend”

HELM Course Attendee

“Very useful course. Exactly what a senior trainee needs prior to applying for a consultant role”

HELM Course Attendee

(Please note this is an external course with a limited number of HEYH-funded places – if you have already completed another HEYH management course the HELM course fee for an external place will apply.)

To find out more please contact the course organsiers at,

Curriculum Delivery

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