A group of healthcare leaders from across the country have been selected to participate in a leadership scheme designed to equip them with the skills needed to transform their organisations.
Charity and think tank the Health Foundation has launched its Generation Q programme, running for the ninth and final time.
The programme, on which 18 senior healthcare leaders are enrolled, aims to develop participants’ skills to enable them to tackle the challenges facing healthcare today.
Generation Q fellows come from a range of organisations, including NHS trusts, mental health trusts, local authorities, charities, social enterprises, and national organisations such as NHS England.
They will spend 18 months on the fully-funded part-time programme to complete a postgraduate certificate in leadership (quality improvement), from where they can go on to complete an MSc.
Fellows on the programme, which launched in 2010, are expected to complete 10-25 hours of study every month. They also receive grants to help with travel and accommodation.
Health Foundation director of improvement Will Warburton, said: ‘Generation Q was set up to support our mission of improving health and care by building leadership skills within the NHS.
‘Good leadership requires relational and personal knowledge and skills to support teams to improve care.
‘Developing a more humane leadership culture that will create health and care organisations that people want to work in is a long-term ambition.’
The 18 fellows include:
- Caroline Johnson: assistant director of quality governance and patient safety, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
- Jennifer Rusby: consultant surgeon, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
- Helen Wensley: programme director – strategy, Barts Health NHS Trust
- Sarah Phillips: medical director, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Ryan Watkins: chief of service, children and women’s division, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust