Doctors being prepped for future NHS leadership

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A PAIR of Sheffield medics have been hand-picked to be part of a flagship programme to create future NHS leaders.

Dr Elizabeth Angier and Dr Julia Addams-Williams, both of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have joined the NHS Leadership Academy’s fellowship. The organisation has been set up to transform staffing at the top of the NHS.

Both women will develop leadership skills through a structured programme to prepare them for a future at the helm of one of the city’s biggest healthcare providers.

Dr Angier, a clinical assistant who is part of a project helping patients with allergies at Northern General Hospital, said: “The programme seemed an ideal opportunity to get more experience and training with a supportive group of teachers from key centres so I can bring these methods back and help the people in Sheffield. I hope this work will lead to a better patient experience of care, and an increased knowledge among health care workers of allergic conditions and the current treatments available.”

Dr Addams-Williams, an otology fellow who works at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: “The fellowship is a great way to improve my leadership skills and I’m looking forward to using the skills to help patients and other staff who work in the ear, nose and throat directorate at the trust.”

The fellowships are in conjunction with the women’s existing clinical roles and the programme can involve anything - from making patient pathways more efficient to improving patient treatment with new technology.