Here at HEENE, we have two exciting new Leadership Fellow roles which will support the training and regional education.
I am best known as a specialty registrar in Paediatric Dentistry. I have taken up the exciting opportunity to be a Clinical Fellow in Leadership and Management within HEENE. My post will last for 12 months and follows an apprenticeship style model where I work closely with Malcom Smith, Paul Blaylock and other senior personnel across the region. During my post I hope to develop leadership and management skills by participating in and gaining exposure to key work streams such as recruitment, retention, clinical networks, trainee/workforce engagement, policy development and quality improvement.
During the year I will complete a project within the education and training workstream. The project will aim to support regional education and training needs as well as incorporate some of the key priorities of Advancing Dental Care: Education and Training Review.
To date I have gained valuable insight into the inner workings of Health Education England. I have enjoyed meeting new colleagues and key figures within HEENE and look forward to meeting many more.
The last two months have been a whirlwind of meetings and opportunities that I would never have had access to otherwise as an oral surgery registrar – a productive and dynamic start to my leadership fellow post. From (virtual) attendance at national meetings with the CQC, GDC and Advancing Dental Care team to local meetings with the HEE NE Postgraduate Dean, Professor Namita Kumar, this has given me a broad insight in to how things work ‘behind the scenes’ at Health Education England. I have also been given the opportunity to complete a funded Masters in Public Leadership alongside my fellowship programme, along with attendance at several courses including research within the NHS and management and leadership programmes. I am also fortunate enough to spend one day a week at the dental hospital to maintain my clinical skills during my year as a fellow. Overall, even in the short time frame of two months, this fellowship post has already been an enlightening and highly educational experience that I would highly recommend to other trainees considering a future career within the NHS.