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WLMHT trainee selected for Darzi fellowship

18 Jun 2015

WLMHT trainee psychiatrist Blake Pritchard has been selected for a Darzi fellowship in clinical leadership.

Blake PritchardThe Fellowship in Clinical Leadership (also known as Darzi fellowships) programme, provides a cohort of clinicians, who are typically in the early stages of their career, with an opportunity to develop the capability necessary for their future roles as clinical leaders.

Fellowship posts are twelve months in duration and during that time fellows work on a major project covering service change, quality and safety improvement or leadership capacity building, under the guidance of a nominated sponsor from within the trust.

During the year fellows also participate in a bespoke leadership development programme (leading to a postgraduate certificate) that aims to develop the organisational and leadership skills necessary for their future roles as clinical leaders. The programme is currently being coordinated by the Centre for Innovation in Health Management, on which you can find more information here.

Blake said: “I am honoured and excited that I have been selected for a Darzi fellowship in clinical leadership at the trust. I think it is really important for clinical staff to know how to work together to change things for the better in the services we work in and over the next year, I will be learning more about how to do this effectively.

“At the same time, I will be leading a project to help to improve the quality of care we provide here at the trust, with guidance and support from the medical director. As I approach the end of my training as a psychiatrist, this is a unique opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills in preparation for my role as a consultant, but I also hope that my experience will benefit the trust and, most importantly, our patients.”

For more information, contact the communications team on 020 8354 8737 or at communications@wlmht.nhs.uk.