Trust staff take part in training to develop leadership ambitions


A number of Trust staff have taken part in a ‘magnificent seven’ training programme which aims to develop key leadership and management skills essential for working in the NHS.

The programme, led by the Trust in partnership with The Business School University of Huddersfield, has been offered to staff in in Band 5 and 6 roles who wanted to progress their leadership and management ambitions. Developed to reflect the Trust’s mission and values, the training aims to give staff practical tools and techniques to use in their day to day roles.

Following a successful pilot in 2013, two further cohorts of staff have taken part in the programme which includes seven interactive ‘master classes’ covering subjects such as leadership in the modern NHS, innovation management and achieving effective working with partner organisations. During the final master class, participants are asked to develop a poster which reflects on their learning and personal development over the course of the programme. The presentations also include a review of how the people who access their service will benefit as a result of them taking part.

The training is supported by the Trust’s chief executive Stephen Michael, who attended the final presentation day to listen to staff ideas and what they have taken away from being a part of the course.

The presentation day was also attended by line managers and invited senior managers. Jeremy Robbins, deputy director HR & workforce development, leads on Trust development programmes for staff and said, “The magnificent seven programme is a fantastic opportunity for staff at Bands 5 and 6 to pick up practical tools and techniques to help them develop their leadership and management skills.

“The Trust is committed to promoting a culture of lifelong learning across all services and staff groups in line with our mission, vision, values and goals. The magnificent seven programme has been developed to reflect these and gives staff the appropriate skills to use them in strengthening our services in order to improve the health outcomes of service users and their communities.”

The course has received a variety of positive feedback from participants. Kayley Cookson, an occupational therapist at the Trust said, “The course has provided me with skills I never thought possible within an NHS role, which will support my future career regardless of the industry I choose to work in. The course supports the skill base needed to innovate, manage competition, and prepare yourself for the challenges that are inevitable within the dynamic health and social care world.”

Another participant said, “Magnificent 7 has been a brilliant learning opportunity. So relevant and inspirational for today’s NHS. I will be encouraging my colleagues to attend and will share the knowledge I’ve gained.”

You can view some of the posters created by Trust staff in the gallery below.


Trust staff take part in training to develop leadership ambitions

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