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Sheffield nurse first to complete new NHS leadership course

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A mental health nurse from Yorkshire has become the first person to complete a new leadership training programme developed for the health service.

Katharine Wells, a mental health nurse at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust, has completed the Edward Jenner programme, which is free and delivered online.

It was launched last July by the NHS Leadership Academy as part of a wave of professional leadership development in the health service. Over 10,500 people have already signed up to the programme.

It is one of four new professional leadership schemes. The other three are the Mary Seacole programme – leading care I, the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme – leading care II, and the Nye Bevan programme – leading care III.

Ms Wells said: “I qualified three years ago and decided to do the Edward Jenner programme to help me to progress in my career.”

She added: “I feel much more confident talking about the wider aspects of care such as Department of Health policies and things like making decisions and managing conflict in teams. These are things I might have been aware of before, but I feel so much more prepared now.”

Jan Sobieraj, managing director of the NHS Leadership Academy, said: “I’m delighted to be able to congratulate Katharine as the first person in the country ever to complete the Edward Jenner programme.

“This is a significant landmark and a fantastic achievement”, he added.


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