It’s been a bit of a whirlwind actually, but in a good way. Within a year of joining as a Deputy Pharmacy Manager I’d enrolled on the (Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) course before being promoted to Acting Pharmacy Manager to cover maternity leave, later moving into the post as a permanent role. This opportunity gave me more exposure to the behind-the-scenes operation, including pharmacy strategy planning, finance reporting and recruitment. The nice thing about working at HCA UK is that as a leader, I never felt alone, as my peers at our other HCA UK facilities were always on hand to offer advice and support when I needed it.
Having successfully completed the ILM course, I then went on to study for my Prince 2 qualification, which was also funded by HCA UK. I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed so long, that focus on personal development has always been crucial to me. I also ensure that everyone in any of my teams has access to post graduate-studies since joining HCA UK.
After a while, having completed quite a lot in a short space of time, I started to outgrow my role so as part of my appraisal process within the organisation, together with my line manager, I was able to set some personal development objectives and one which had been a long-standing objective was to complete an MBA. It so happened that HCA UK and Bayes University, (formerly known as CASS Business School) had formed a partnership and the opportunity was offered to me to enrol on an executive MBA. Getting the chance to study at this level, fully funded and supported by HCA UK was a dream of mine and for that I’ll forever be indebted to the organisation for such an opportunity. The best thing I ever did!
Alongside my studies, my line manager also recognised I needed an extra challenge in my day job, and that’s how I ended up here as Head of Outpatient and Pharmacy Services looking after a team of 36 across 3 departments and 4 sites. It’s been yet another big leap, but I’m loving the growth and the person I have become as a result of the challenges. I love the fact that I have a mentor in my line manager, and she won’t let me settle, always pushing me to be the best I can be in my career.