Introduction to Leadership in Psychiatry

Introduction to Leadership in Psychiatry

Leadership is intrinsic to the role of a psychiatrist, but the manner this role is undertaken will vary markedly: influenced by many factors, and with varied alignment with the leadership style others provide or seek. This Unit will introduce you to core concepts that need to be considered in developing your own leadership style as a psychiatrist; and undertake a leadership activity that you may use to further develop your leadership skills. Satisfactory completion of the Unit will fulfil the requirements of a formal leadership and management training course, as accredited by the RANZCP NSW Branch Training Committee.

Audience: NSW Stage 3 Psychiatry trainees, their supervisors and potential supervisors

Enrolment: Through myHETIconnect, with monthly entry into the course. Please note that if you are a current student or have previously studied with HETI you should enrol using your existing student details.

Completion time: flexible (see FAQs)

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the application to the RANZCP Manager Fellowship Competencies to the trainees’ future practice and professional development plans

2. Demonstrate the ability to apply selected leadership concepts to improve mental health care


The  course will consists of 5 topics accessed through the myHETI learning management system, with an accompanying Learning Activity Journal to be completed by the trainee in conjunction with an approved RANZCP supervisor. The course is based on the recommended content of the RANZCP Guideline for leadership and management in psychiatry and is available through self-enrolment from 23 May 2022.

* Topic 1: Leadership as a psychiatrist

* Topic 2: Applying leadership theory to the everyday

* Topic 3: Leading change

* Topic 4: Setting up an improvement activity

* Topic 5: Sustaining your vision

It is estimated that the combination of online and Learning Activity Journal activities will require 25 hours to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enrol?

NSW Stage 3 Psychiatry Trainees and their supervising, or potentially supervising psychiatrists.

How do I find out more?

Watch the recording below.


How do I enrol?

Use this myHETIconnect link.

What will I need?

A valid NSW Health email. If you believe you are eligible but do not have such an email, contact

If I am a supervisor, how can I use the course for RANZCP CPD?

The manner a psychiatrist chooses to engage with the course will influence which CPD category that could be claimed. RANZCP guidelines should be referred to.

How long should I allow to complete the course?

It is expected most participants will complete the activities over one to two months.

How long am I enrolled for?

There will be an annual review of enrolments to remove inactive students.