Management Graduate Trainee, Leicester
We talked with Hannah at the altstrat headquarters over a coffee. We started talking about her experiences of her Post Graduate Certificate Leadership for Health and Social programme (Part of UHL's From Good to Great programme).
Studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership for Health and Social Care while working as an NHS graduate trainee led Hannah Rowley to learn invaluable skills.
The course helped Hannah to instigate changes in the NHS department she was working in and is proving to be a huge asset in her application to a new and exciting career role in the health sector.
What was the education route that led you to take the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership for Health and Social Care?
After graduating with a Psychology degree, I worked for Health Education East Midlands as a project coordinator and then I worked as a Healthcare Assistant at The Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. I then joined the University Hospitals of Leicester’s Graduate management scheme in 2015 and as part of our developmental training we were enrolled on the course.
How has the course helped you as you start out in your health sector career?
The course has definitely been invaluable to me. I have been given the bigger picture and developed crucial leadership skills that will really help me to pursue my future career. I now want to become a Physician Associate (which is a relatively new role) and the Postgraduate Certificate has really enhanced my application as I have learning that not everyone in a similar stage of their career will necessarily have.
The qualification has also been really valuable in terms of the teaching around leadership. As the Physician Associate role is developing, I have been able to state on my applications that I think this profession is going to need leaders who are going to take it forward and the Postgraduate Certificate has given me those skills and the underlying theoretical knowledge to do that.
'I have been given the bigger picture and developed crucial leadership skills that will really help me to pursue my future career. '
How did the study benefit your work?
I found the course really complimented the work I was doing as part of graduate management scheme. I was working in a Children’s Hospital and was able to tie the two things in and the course supported me with my work projects.
As part of the Innovation and Creativity module, I looked at different ways of engaging with patients and families. Because of their young age children can be hard patients to engage with and get feedback from, however some of the theory we were learning looked at techniques on how to do exactly that.
One project I was involved in was developing a Children’s Hospital website and so I was able to get some feedback from child patients on what type of things we should be including, through methods things such as mind-mapping. I then had a resource of information to go away with to help build the website.
How did the method of study help you?
One of the things myself and the other recent graduates found invaluable was that we were all together, but we were also alongside a lot of other experienced NHS professionals (both clinical and non clinical). Learning alongside a multi-disciplinary cohort was really good because you could bounce ideas off of each other and you benefitted from everyone’s experiences. It really helped open your mind to different perspectives.
Another thing was how you had to apply the theory to the practice. The emphasis on the course was to receive theoretical teaching and then go away and research some more. Then the assignments were very much based on how you applied the theory in your workplace. Developing that practical skill has been fantastic.
What insights have your taken away from the course?
The course makes you think differently about how you can use the limited resources available and put in place projects that could potentially make a big difference to the way you and your department works.
It also gets you thinking about how you engage with people, how to work with others and how you get a team on board to drive forward change. It really helped put a perspective on the health sector.