Medication safety officer, Jun Saw, reflects on her journey as part of cohort 1 of the 100 leaders development programme.
She tells us what she has learnt, how her project is progressing and why Trust staff should consider applying for the next cohort.
Project title and overview
Our project aim is to revolutionise mode of delivery for staff education and training. Virtual education enables staff to undertake development activities in a safe, supportive environment especially during this pandemic.
We are using Hickman line e-learning as a pilot project to assess the benefits of e-learning in terms of staff uptake and time saved. Hickman line training should be done face-to-face initially (induction course) followed by annual e-learning refresher courses.
What made you apply for 100 Leaders?
My colleagues put me forward for the programme. When I received the email, I decided to put myself forward as a pack leader to network and connect with staff across the Trust.
I have recently started a new role as medication safety officer and I knew this programme would give me the opportunity to connect with stakeholders.
It was a nice surprise when I was selected as a pack leader. I saw this as a great opportunity to join a courageous change programme and make a real difference.
How have you found the 100 Leaders programme?
I have found it an inspiring, interesting and challenging journey. It’s exciting to have an opportunity to be able to make a courageous change.
Looking back I have no regrets for this 100 leaders journey.
What has been your biggest takeaway from the programme?
I have learnt that capacity is a state of mind. How much we can do depends on how much we think we can do. When you really believe that you can do more, your mind thinks creatively and shows you the way.
The Faculty team have given me fantastic support throughout this journey. I have really appreciated their constructive feedback for navigating problems. In addition, my executive sponsor Lindsey deserves a big thank you! She was a great source of help for our project from the beginning.
What would you say to staff considering applying for Cohort 2?
I would say just go for it. I think 100 leaders is an excellent opportunity that does not come around often, this is your chance to make real change for our staff and patients.
The journey for this project centres on being resourceful, it is asking how do we solve problems and be creative? 100 leaders is a learning process and a journey of awareness. You are tasking with finding ways to simplify processes and make it possible for the future of our Trust.
How will you use your learning from 100 leaders moving forward?
The biggest outcome for 100 leaders for me is my new network of contacts. I now know a number of people to help me navigate my role in the future. If I encounter a problem, I will know the best person to speak to and be able to work with the appropriate stakeholders.
I believe that “there’s no life change without life exchange”. That, when you chat with those around, you always come away having learnt something new.
With the NHS sometimes you work in silo and that is not helping you. This programme allows you to come out of that cocoon to network with other departments, pushing you to develop those relationships that will help you in the future.