Table 2.

To what extent did participants agree with the following statements

StatementSD, n (%)D, n (%)A, n (%)SA, n (%)UC, n (%)
Acting up as the consultant has helped me feel prepared for the consultant role002 (8)6 (24)17 (68)
Good access to specialist clinics helped prepare me for the clinical aspects of the consultant role02 (8)8 (33)13 (54)1 (4)
Prior practical experience of an aspect of management (eg service development, change management, governance) prepared me for that aspect of the consultant role02 (8)14 (56)7 (28)2 (8)
There is a need for practical experience of the non-clinical aspects of the consultant role005 (20)20 (80)0
Attending a management course was not where I learnt the management aspects of the consultant role03 (12)11 (44)10 (40)1 (4)
Management courses were useful in learning the theory of management04 (16)17 (68)3 (12)1 (4)
Attending management meetings (eg implementation, governance, directorate, strategy) were useful in preparation for the consultant role0013 (52)10 (40)2 (8)
Attending the consultant meetings would help prepare me for the consultant role008 (32)17 (68)0
I found it useful working in different services to observe the variety of ways services are run006 (24)17 (68)2 (8)
Shadowing individuals in senior management roles was helpful in preparation to be a consultant007 (28)8 (32)10 (40)
In hindsight, as a trainee I did not have a deep understanding of the non-clinical aspects of the consultant role1 (4)6 (24)10 (40)8 (32)0
Opportunities for experience with non-clinical skills are valuable in preparation to be a consultant006 (25)18 (75)0
Senior encouragement to be involved with non-clinical skills was valuable in preparing me for the consultant role0012 (50)10 (42)2 (8)
Dedicated time, within the rota, to learn management during higher specialty training would be helpful007 (28)18 (72)0
Some aspects of the consultant role are difficult to prepare for and you just need to do the job04 (26)14 (56)7 (28)0
  • Median value shown in bold. A = agree; D = disagree; SA = strongly agree; SD = strongly disagree; UC = unable to comment.