“Empathy and humility should be a mainstay of our daily routine, irrespective of where we lead from.”

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John Sheridan has worked in the NHS for 23 years, starting as an A&E receptionist. Now Macmillan Lead Nurse for End of Life Care and Operational Lead for Specialist Palliative Care, John reflects on how the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme has impacted on his role and his approach to leadership.

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“The Mary Seacole programme has encouraged me to understand what I do and the differences it makes to patient care”

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Yasmine Soobhany, data quality support manager at the North Middlesex University Hospital, began the six month Mary Seacole programme in May 2018. She shares her early experience of the programme and changes she has noticed in her latest blog.

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“If you’re thinking about applying for an Academy programme, you’re already halfway there!”

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Bob Dennes is a service manager in Theatres at Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust and has completed both the Mary Seacole and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programmes (EGA). In his blog, Bob reflects on the service improvements he’s made since completing the Mary Seacole programme back in 2013 and more recently, his focus on continuously improving patient services since completing the EGA programme.

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“We need to become conscious of bias in order to reduce its impact.”

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Sally Scales leads the NHS Leadership Academy’s Executive Search function and graduated from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme in July 2017. In the first of two blogs, Sally revisits her dissertation, during which she discovered that the barriers to reaching board level for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) nurse leaders are still very much in evidence.

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