Tom L.
Staff Nurse (Bank)
Specialism General Management

About Tom

Key Experiences

From Frontline Nurse to NHS Manager
After starting out as a Mental Health Nurse working in an acute adult inpatient services, I moved to Rampton Hospital to learn and develop my skills in forensic mental health nursing. This was a fantastic experience working for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

I stayed with the Trust after leaving Rampton and took up a post as Clinical Lead within a 136 suite, part of the acute care pathway for adults within North Nottinghamshire. This was a great experience and allowed me to develop my skills in leadership and development.

I then moved on from Nottinghamshire and joined the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in a non-clinical role as an Assurance Officer. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the NHS and provider services away from a frontline, hands-on role.

This fuelled my enthusiasm for learning more about the 'business' side to the NHS and to understand about how it all comes together to provide quality services for patients, what makes some providers good and others not so; who commissions what services and why, this thirst for finding out and a desire to increase my learning led me to join the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2012.

I’ve now moved from substantive clinical work to a non-clinical role. However, I do still keep my clinical skills up through working on the nurse bank.

Current Position

Making a real, tangible difference to patient experience!
I currently work within the Innovation Team for NHS England.

Our aim is to promote and spread the adoption of innovation across the NHS and as my job title would suggest, I have a particular interest in commercial and International activity.

This means close working with closely with Industry partners, AHSNs, government organisations and international partners.

Main Motivations

Learning and Exploring
I am fortunate to be able to work across a really interesting field, and this allows for exposure to some really interesting products and services to help improve patient care and outcomes.

Top Advice

Relax and enjoy the journey
Seize every opportunity, don’t stop asking questions and learning. Maintain your networks and don’t just take – make sure you give something back!

Greatest Achievement

Being recognised as a rising star for the UK300 graduate magazine!
I have been lucky to have a few proud professional moments, probably when I was fortunate to be recognised as a rising star for the UK300 graduate magazine, that was a really great


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