Waddiloves Health Clinic TeamA mental health practitioner at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, has successfully completed a prestigious health care leadership programme.

Kirsty Shepard completed the Mary Seacole programme, ran by the NHS Leadership Academy, last month. The course is a leadership development programme designed by the NHS Leadership Academy to develop knowledge and skills in leadership and management.

The course aims to provide the balance between learning the theory and putting it into practice. The course has had over 2,000 NHS participants in total and is designed to empower people to turn their success into consistent team success and to champion compassionate patient care.

Kirsty said: “The programme was a mixture of assignments and online modules, we also took part in four leadership workshops ran by the Hay Group.

“It has helped me both personally and professionally, as it has given me the skills to step back and take an objective view on things which will help me identify areas for development in our service.

“As a direct outcome from the course, our team has now started various focus groups with service users and other key stakeholders, to ask them for feedback about our service and how we can improve what we offer.”

Kirsty is a mental health practitioner with the homeless and new arrivals health team. The team support both the physical and emotional wellbeing needs of asylum seekers, refugees and homeless people in the area. They are also able to point the service users in the direction of other help and support which is available for them.

The Waddiloves Health Clinic Team at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has also been shortlisted for a Nursing Times award in the learning disability category for their integrated work with other teams.

The Waddiloves Health Centre, based in Bradford, supports people with learning disabilities with dental, audiology, vision and podiatry clinics and hospital admissions for more complex dental treatment.

The team will find out if they have been successful at the Nursing Times awards event in October.