Meet the NHS leaders of the future

LEADERS of the future are being developed thanks to new links between the trust and a local college.

Hartlepool College of Further Education is running special leadership programmes for staff at the trust.

The Institute of Leadership Management courses have been tailored to meet the needs of NHS staff.

They represent a £120,000 investment – the latest stage in an exciting new partnership between the trust and college.

Earlier this year, the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help boost the skills of young people and health professionals.

It includes plans to turn a vacant ward at the University Hospital of Hartlepool into a simulation suite, for the training of health professionals, social care workers and students.

Gary Wright, the trust’s deputy director of workforce, said: “This is the latest stage in a really exciting partnership we have with our local college.

“We need leaders at every level of the organisation and are recognising this by investing in the leaders of the future, using the expertise of our local college to help with this aim.

“These form part of really ambitious plans to open a state-of-the-art simulation suite, which will mimic both a real-life hospital ward and community setting.

“We are very confident that we will secure funding from the Tees Valley Combined to realise this exciting vision for the future.”

Courses are being run on two different levels (levels 3 and 5), to meet the needs of all staff.

They focus on management skills, how to apply that to your role, developing leaderships capabilities and using your knowledge, values and motivations and carrying out complex pieces of work confidently.

Gareth Gent, an organisation development practitioner at the trust, is studying for a level 3 qualification over the next 18 months.

He said: “This course is going to be so important for developing my skills and knowledge and transferring it into my role in the NHS.

“The course is tailored so that it follows the trust’s key values – putting patients first and always striving to improve.

“I am really looking forward to developing myself further over the next few months.”

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