Guest blog by Kieran Robinson
I learned about the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) through a newsletter sent out by the College of Paramedics. It seemed like a good opportunity to develop my leadership skills and build on my previous experiences, so I went for it, and the next thing I knew I was at the first session in London.
I discovered that I was the only Paramedic in the program and with some further probing learned that I was the first Paramedic to join the HLA. It’s been an honour to represent my profession in a new and unfamiliar environment, and I would love to increase our representation and that of other AHP’s within the organisation. Leadership is increasingly important in our work in whatever role we are in.
Throughout the year I developed several key skills, improving my leadership skills as well as improving my career prospects and becoming a Fellow (level 7) of the Institute of Leadership and Management. The real benefit, however, is the HLA community. It’s amazing being around people who are all so inspirational and aspirational – it really motivates you to do great things and gives you the network and connections to help you do so.
I enjoyed my time so much that I applied for the position of Cohort Director and have been leading my own cohort of scholars this year. As with all things, Covid-19 has altered how we deliver the program, and we have been able to facilitate some brilliant online learning and networking sessions. I am however looking forward to getting back to some contact days, meeting the scholars, and having some social events alongside the year’s learning!
I would strongly encourage any AHPs to consider applying, and feel free to reach out on Twitter or LinkedIn for more information.
Kieran Robinson BSc FInstLM MCPara, Senior Paramedic & Practice Educator with East of England Ambulance Service, Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, HLA Scholar 2019-20, HLA Cohort Director, MSc Critical Care Student at University of Edinburgh