The afternoon started with an icebreaker facilitated by Aarti Makan (Professional Advisor for Healthcare Science, HEE London) and Ruth Thomsen (Scientific Director for London, NHS England). Trainees actively engaged in discussions around clinical scenarios relating to typical issues faced in healthcare surrounding professionalism, ethics, confidentiality, respect and behaviour.
This was followed by an interesting talk on the “History of the NHS” delivered by Ruth Thomsen, during which she gave a brief overview of how the healthcare science service has developed over time. Feedback from attendees revealed a deeper understanding and appreciation of the NHS as well as a greater sense of belonging within the wider healthcare science workforce.
Michelle Martin (Lead Specialist in Biomedical Science at BHR Trust and CSO WISE Fellow 2016/17) hosted an interactive and inspirational session on leadership. Trainees reported feeling more equipped and confident that leadership roles are possible for anyone willing to explore their own values and by transforming their mindsets.
Nicky Brownjohn (Head of Quality and Safeguarding, NHS England) presented an overview of safeguarding in adults and children. This informative talk provided an insight into the aspects of safeguarding, a hot topic in today’s NHS. The take home message was: “Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility”
Finally, trainees were advised of two exciting opportunities:
- Join the PTP network board for the next academic year;
- Graduate trainees to join a PTP Alumni Network.
It was an informative and inspirational afternoon and we would like to extend our thanks to all the speakers and attendees!
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