Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2013
How has this quarter been for you?
This has been my last official quarter of the programme and I’ve tried to put some of my learning into action, as well as make plans for finishing my training. I’ve hired a new coach to help me with the transition to whatever comes after my Fellowship and also met with Heather White, a facilitator and coach, to discuss networking and branding; both of these actions have been very useful.
I’ve signed up for a number of courses over the next few months – coaching for leaders, action learning set facilitation and fundraising. I've also worked on my research and done some public speaking. Busy as usual!
How has your leadership had an effect on those you work with?
Over the course of the Fellowship I’ve done a lot of thinking about patient engagement and leadership. One of the first secondments I did was with a small start up social enterprise called the Centre for Patient Leadership. On June 5th, I was invited to give a talk at the plenary of the NHS Confederation Conference in Liverpool on the topic of patient leadership. Following my speech, I took part in a live discussion. This talk had a good impact; there was a lot of follow up on social media about issues I raised concerning patients involvement in the NHS their participation in shaping services. I’ve since been invited to speak to a number of people about further work or further speeches. As a follow on to the speech, I wrote a blog for the British Medical Journal which also received good coverage.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I’m a better leader because I’m a lot more open and authentic. Prior to the Fellowship I spent a lot of time worrying (probably unnecessarily) about what people thought or what I perceived they would think. This obviously is still important but I think I’ve been able to find my voice more easily and I've embed that in my work. I’m much more willing to share my ideas with others as a result. I’m also more willing to admit what I don’t know and to ask for help.
Tell us an important lesson you have learnt so far during your Fellowship
I’ve learnt a lot of lessons through the Fellowship but one of the most important has been about the value of reflective learning. I’ve been really impressed by how valuable the Action Learning Sets are and I hope that we can continue ours in London. They’ve made me realise how so many of the barriers that we build up are actually created by ourselves; realising this makes them a lot easier to overcome.
What have you learnt from your fellow Fellows?
Unfortunately this quarter I haven’t been in touch with my fellow Fellows as much as I would have liked, especially as some of them have finished the programme, though I continue to gain inspiration from all of them. I’m a bit of a Clore Social geek, I always read the Fellows’ Weekly Bulletin and gain a lot of inspiration from the “Featured Fellows”!
How have would you describe your Fellowship experience?
The Clore Social leadership programme is hugely valuable to those in the social sector. It enables its fellows to grow and learn in a way that is almost unheard of. I’ve been exposed to a huge number of new ideas and the whole programme has really reminded me of the need to keep learning and remain curious.
Personal website/ blog: www.shinecancersupport.org
Current principal role: Director
Current principal organisation: Shine Cancer Support
Other leadership role 1: Freelance Consultant
Other organisation 1: Working in the fields of patient experience & improving patient outcomes
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: Point of Care Foundation
Other leadership role 3: General Advisory Council Member
Other organisation 3: King's Fund
Research: Information and support needs of young men with cancer
Research topics: Health and well-being;
Secondment host: Centre for Patient Leadership