I tried out lots of careers during uni from outreach/mentoring to lab research and the Civil Service but after graduating I joined Birmingham Children's Hospital on an non-clinical internship, wanting to learn more about what makes the NHS tick following a stint in a genetics lab. In my first role I worked alongside a GMTS trainee and it really opened my eyes to the huge range of opportunities available on the scheme and within the NHS as a whole. I spent a year in a transformation team, working on cost improvement projects, quality improvement areas and supporting staff to implement change.
I applied for the scheme and was successful on my second try - starting on the General Management stream in September 2016!
Cancer Services is a fascinating area to be working in - high pressure with key performance targets, its a support service which works alongside most other departments in the hospital alongside being part of the North West Coast cancer network with patients moving between various hospitals during their care.
It was a chance to see how a national initiative was implemented in a single hospital, with all the issues, challenges and barriers which come with it. I project managed the roll out, working alongside consultants, managers, nurses and support staff to make sure we were ready to go live for our patients.
I had a brilliant time and really enjoyed working on something with so many people - plus there was a huge sense of achievement when we recruited our first participant and all that hard work paid off!
Whatever your future leadership ambitions are, the NHS offers a fantastic start with a variety of challenging placements in an organisation that is wholeheartedly determined to provide equal opportunities to all employees. Selection for the scheme is based solely on aptitude and ability to ensure we have the best leaders for the NHS.Visit website