Generic Skills Courses

Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber has developed a range of courses for junior doctors and dentists in training as well as SASG doctors, trainers and supervisors. The aim is to provide access to generic skills as well as personal and professional development which supports and enhances 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 or to book, please see Maxcourse.

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

Generic Skills Courses Overview

Recommended Pathways through the Training Programme

This is a general guide. It is designed to assist Specialty Trainees and Consultants in prioritising professional development and training.

SAS doctors in the Yorkshire & Humber area are welcome to attend the Generic Skills Courses as indicated below.

All the below courses are booked via Medical Maxcourse where all course information is also located. Please refer to the 'Medical Maxcourse Tips' tab for any Maxcourse queries.

 Course Title

 Available For


 Delivery Method

 Additional Information

2-Day Research for the Specialty Trainee 

ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, Consultant or SAS

 2 Days



Interpersonal Communication 

ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8, Consultant, SAS, Clinical Attachment, or Research Fellow

 2 Days



Medical Ethics

ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6

 1 half day



Legal Issues - Keeping out of Trouble

ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8, Consultant, SAS, Clinical Attachment, Leadership Fellow or Research Fellow

 2 Days



Communication in the Real World

ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8 or SAS

 2 Days



Get Your Research Paper Written and Published GPST3, GPST2,  GPST4, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8  2 Days  Virtual  


ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8, Consultant, Clinical Attachment, or Research Fellow

 1 Day

 Face to Face

Currently under review for virtual version

Leadership & Management (for ST5-ST8 trainees & SAS doctors)

ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8, or SAS

 3 Non-Consecutive   Days


This course and and the 3 day management course cover the same content - please only attend one of the two courses

 Leadership & Management (for Final Year Trainees)

Final Year Trainee

 3 Consecutive Days


This course and Leadership & Management for doctors in postgraduate training cover the same content - please only attend one of the two courses

Harrogate Experience in Leadership and Management (HELM Course)

ST5, ST6, ST7


 Face to Face

View the HELM tab below for further information- this is not booked via Medical MaxCourse

CVs, Applications and Interviews

Final year Trainee or SAS

 1 Day



Making the Transition to Consultant

Final year Trainee or SAS

 1 Day


This 1 Day session is divided between an AM session with your facilitator and the PM session with a British Medical Association (BMA) representative. 

The Consultant/Fellowship Interview

Final year Trainee

 1 Half-Day



Training the Trainers 

ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8, SAS, Consultant, Leadership Fellow, or Research Fellow

 2 Days


These Teaching Skills Courses cover the same content, but have different titles as they are delivered by different Lecturer’s

Training the Trainers - Developing Skills in Education 

ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8, SAS, Consultant, Leadership Fellow or Research Fellow

 2 Days


These Teaching Skills Courses cover the same content, but have different titles as they are delivered by different Lecturer’s

Teaching the Medical Educator

ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8, SAS, Consultant, Leadership Fellow or Research Fellow

 2 Days


This is a practical programme designed to support clinicians (doctors and other healthcare professionals) who teach or train others in health and social care to understand their tacit knowledge of educational theory in order to plan and deliver improved outcomes and experiences for their learners.

Educational Supervision (ES) Half-Day Workshops

Consultant, Educational Supervisor, TPD, or Final Year Trainee

E-learning followed by a face to face session


Also available for non-consultant career grades who act as supervisors. 

Please Note: ES Workshops are organised by Trusts and are only hosted by the LSFD team. For information on upcoming dates etc. please contact your Trusts. In addition, the site which hosts E-Learning for this course is not operated by the LSFD Team. If you face any issues with this site, you must contact the site directly and not the LSFD Team.

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.