My time on the scheme was intense and demanding and I constantly faced new challenges; from developing policies, managing complex case work to being involved in project teams and implementing engagement initiatives, there was never a dull moment.
Upon reflection, it is not until you finish the scheme and secure your first job that you realise how far you developed in a short space of time and the difference you have made to your placement organisations.
I am now at Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit as a HR Business Partner, working with four Clinical Commissioning Groups across Birmingham and Solihull providing organisational and strategically advice.
In my first week I was attending procurement project group meetings to advise the team on HR issues and risks, writing and developing policies for all four CCGs and managing complex casework. I am also the HR lead for a few departments over three different regions managing the current organisational change process that is a result of the merger of Central Midlands CSU and Staffordshire and Lancashire CSU merging.
In terms of work/life balance - you know how you work. Just make sure you know the deadlines in advance and give yourself plenty of time to do the essays. I try to give myself one day off a week (normally on the weekend) to do something for myself i.e. meet up with friends and have a few drinks. I think this is important otherwise you start to resent the work and then you never get anything done.
If I had to choose it would be between designing and facilitating a QIPP workshop for all senior managers and clinicians in the Trust to work cross divisionally to design new QIPP targets to help to improve patient care, or being a part of the project group that implemented patient co-design allowing patients to shape what they want their NHS service to look like in the future and how we as an organisation can meet that visions.
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