Roch McClean (mental health nursing), Emma Miles (children’s nursing) and Clare Worgan (midwifery) have all just completed their training for the Council of Deans Health’s Student Leadership Programme. The programme is designed to further develop skills of accepted students to enable them to become leaders in their field.
The three-to-four–month-long programme provides intensive training in essential knowledge and skills for future leaders. It includes tailored workshops, lectures and seminars led by experts in leadership. There would also have been one-to-one mentoring and access to an online ‘community of practice’ which allows students and mentors to interact and debate, and provides access to e-learning material.
Roch, said: “Given findings that people of colour are under-represented at senior management levels in the NHS (Kline 2014), opportunities such as the Student Leadership Programme are vital in providing us with the contacts, mentoring, and support we need in order to progress, and effect change for our communities. It is a privilege to share resources and learn from other empowering individuals, in order that we can both fulfil our own potential, and also uplift our communities.”