A West Midlands nurse has recently completed a prestigious programme for leadership in healthcare.
Baljit Watson, HPF (Health Professional Feedback) lead for West Midlands Doctors Urgent Care (WDUC), the provider of the 111 service in the West Midlands, has gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership after successfully completing the Mary Seacole Programme.
The NHS scheme teaches leadership skills to those working in healthcare. The programme, which runs for 12 months and features a mix of online study, face-to-face assessments and written assignments, is designed to teach practical leadership skills which can be applied within the workplace as it’s taught.
The programme was named after Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who set up a hotel to aid wounded British soldiers during the Crimean war.
Baljit Watson, pictured (centre), commented: "I'm delighted to have completed my postgraduate certificate in Healthcare leadership with the support of Vocare. I think it's very important that the NHS runs schemes such as the Mary Seacole Programme as it allows medical professionals to develop their skills while remaining at work. As I was learning new things I was putting them into practice in the workplace straight away which was great."
Joanne Bushell, head of region at WDUC, said: "“We are a learning organisation and always encourage our staff to participate in programmes such as this. We are very proud of Baljit and are already reaping the benefits of her new qualification. The Mary Seacole Programme is beneficial as it allows individuals to develop new skills and gain confidence in authoritative positions, while organisations like ours gain new trained leaders."