Pilot Leadership Mentorship Scheme (PLMS)

Increasing leadership skills across the UK

The Pilot Leadership Mentoring Scheme (PLMS) has been designed to encourage and support radiographers who wish to move into senior leadership roles.

 

The scheme will facilitate a small cohort who will receive one to one mentoring from senior leaders within our profession.

 

The pilot aims are to equip mentees with leadership and management skills, increased personal and professional confidence and professional networking.

 

The current cohort will be starting soon! 


You can find more info about the PLMS below, or by contacting [email protected] (please use PLMS as the subject header).



PLMS mentor profiles


  • Clare Hartill

    Title, first name and surname: Mrs Clare Hartill

    Geographic region: North London

    Name of workplace: The Royal Free London

    Position: Head of Radiotherapy

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 
    BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:
    Project and change management. Management in a crisis (COVID)

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):
    Informal mentoring of more junior staff throughout my career.

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme?
    I feel that radiographers have little opportunity to develop leadership skills in terms of service management, even if it is a route that they want to take.  We allow radiographers to assume leadership and service management roles with little training or support so I wanted to be part of a program that will change this situation and better prepare our future leaders.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    To be fully engaged in the process and to come ready to learn and be learnt from.

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  • David White

    Title, first name and surname: Mr David White 

    Geographic region: Coventry

    Name of workplace: University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

    Position: Head of Operations - Imaging

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 

    MSc in Behavioural Biology and Healthcare, University of Surrey
    Continuing Education Diploma Technical Management of Scientific Departments
    Management Diploma of the College of Radiographers
    Diploma of the College of Radiographers
    UHCW Coaching Academy Level 5 Training (Accreditation Pending)

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management: 

    I provide professional leadership and am responsible and accountable for the operational management, financial resources and engagement of Imaging services. In addition, I manage the overall performance and transformation delivery within Imaging and I am actively involved in the strategy, decision making and coordination of imaging services activities, clinical workload, waiting lists and working arrangements.

    I work with my team to deliver an optimal patient-centred service whilst continually developing new and innovative business management systems to maximise the organisational efficiency and effectiveness of the service.

    I am a leader with strong communication and organisational skills gained from extensive clinical and managerial experience. I use structured thinking and am committed to the clinical service needs of patients and staff. I’m not afraid to challenge and lead with enthusiasm and direction to achieve the desired objectives. I work as part of a team, using a peer support structure, sometimes under great pressure where flexibility and initiative are essential.

    Foremost, I enjoy my role, I don't take myself too seriously and I am proud in being a Diagnostic Radiographer.

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor): 

    Participated in the UHCW Coaching Academy, to level 5. Accreditation (delayed due to the pandemic) is expected in 2022.

    I have coached on a one-to-one basis, as well as peer-to-peer coaching since 2020. I regularly received supervision during this period.

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme? 
    Pass on knowledge, skills and experiences as a Radiographer with over 35 years of working in the NHS.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    Developing the next generation of professional senior managers in Imaging.

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have.  This may help in pairing you with your mentee.

    • Cycling – short (30 -50 miles) and long-distance rides (100 -200 miles)
    • Reading and listening to audio books
    • Cooking
    • Ironing
    • Going to the cinema
    • Technology and Kit

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  • Elizabeth Ladd (Lizzy)

    Title, first name and surname: Mrs Elizabeth Ladd (Lizzy)

    Geographic region: South West

    Name of workplace: NHS England and Improvement (South West)

    Position: Head of Imaging (South West)

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 
    BSc Radiography (Diagnostic), MSc Healthcare Leadership

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:
     

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):
    Informal – clinical supervision

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme? 
    Develop a better understanding of how I can mentor others and support their development.Provide support and share experiences to bring different perspective and insight.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    To be open and share their experiences and aspirations. Understand what they are hoping to gain from this scheme and what they are prepared to commit to. Commit to sessions that they agree to and prepared to learn about themselves and what it like to be on the receiving end of themselves.

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have.  This may help in pairing you with your mentee.
    Outdoor activities – all sort, happy to give anything a go once!

    Sport in general – run regularly, previously played hockey to a good standard and occasionally tempted back. Exeter Chiefs rugby fan.

    Taxi driver to teenage boys…

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  • Jill Mckenna

    Title, first name and surname: Mrs Jill McKenna

    Geographic region: North East

    Name of workplace: Rutherford Diagnostics

    Position: Chief AHP, Head of Imaging and Operations

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 
    BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Imaging MSc Medical Imaging (MRI) Pgc Clinical Leadership including coaching

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:
    Change Management, collaborative working, start-up innovation, professional lead, modality expert and pre-treatment superintendent in Radiotherapy (as a diagnostic Radiographer)

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):
    Student mentor, clinical supervisor, staff mentor.

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme?
    Impart knowledge and experience of leadership and the profession to up and coming leaders. Allow others to reach their full potential.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    A fantastic resource for our profession to gain the ability to question and gain experience from others. It is a privilege to be part of the pilot.

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have.  This may help in pairing you with your mentee.
    I am a wife and mother of one son. A dedicated Radiographer for over 27 years. I thrive on new experiences and meeting new people. I like to travel, and skiing is my passion. I work far too hard and constantly must realign my work life balance.

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  • Julie Somers

    Title, first name and surname: Ms Julie Somers 

    Geographic region: London

    Name of workplace: Imperial College Healthcare

    Position: Breast Imaging and Screening Manager

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 
    DCR(R); Pg. Cert Mammography; PG Dip Management; PG Dip MRI; MSc in Healthcare Leadership, EMCC Practitioner EQA, Introduction to counselling skills 

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:

    • Leadership development - MSc in healthcare leadership
    • Breast Screening and Imaging
    • Service improvement
    • Quality assurance
    • Teaching, research and facilitation
    • Relationship management and stakeholder engagement
    • Budget Management including cost improvement planning
    • Change management
    • Staff management
    • Coaching

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):

    • Coaching experience – formally coach for the Trust and leadership academy. EMCC and EIA qualifications.
    • Mentored colleagues throughout my career.

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme?
    To support my colleagues to achieve a leadership role.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    To be proactive and take responsibility for their career development

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have.  This may help in pairing you with your mentee.

    • Member of a gym
    • Walking
    • Socialising
    • Photography
    • Coaching

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  • Kim Robertson

    Title, first name and surname: Kim Robertson

    Geographic region: National

    Name of workplace: NHS England and Improvement

    Position: Head of Imaging Services Transformation

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 
    DCR, BSC (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography, PgC Health services Management.

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:
    Professional and multidisciplinary leadership in Imaging from service level delivery to nationally influencing and directing.

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):
    Undergraduate, clinical supervision, professional leadership development of line reports.

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme?
    To learn form others, professionally support colleagues and create confidence and inspiration to lead at all levels.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    Honesty, engagement and willingness to learn.

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have.  This may help in pairing you with your mentee.
    Generally interested in film, sports and fine red wine.

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  • Lee Beresford

    Title, first name and surname: Mr Lee Beresford

    Geographic region: East Midlands

    Name of workplace: Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

    Position: Radiotherapy Services Manager

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 
    BSc Hons Radiotherapy
    PGD in Radiotherapy and Oncology
    MSc in Healthcare Leadership
    NHS leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson award

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:
    Project management and delivery
    Person management
    Staff development
    Business case delivery
    Communication
    Network building

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):
    All informal:
    BSc and MSc student mentoring in radiotherapy – formal
    Informal
    Team development and career advice

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme?
    Development of others and enable potential to be realised
    Sharing experiences for the benefit of others

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    Engagement
    Enthusiasm
    Driven
    Open to learning
    Communicative

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have. This may help in pairing you with your mentee.
    Enjoy the outdoors – exercise/walking/gardening
    Sports – watching mainly
    Tech and Technology
    Socialising with family and friends

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  • Paula Brown

    Title, first name and surname: Mrs Paula Brown

    Geographic region: East Midlands

    Name of workplace: Radiotherapy Department, Lincoln County Hospital

    Position: Radiotherapy Services Manager

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: BSc(hons) Radiotherapy, ISO 9001 Advanced lead auditor, EGA Masters in healthcare leadership, mental health first aider

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:Impact and influence, motivation, QI change, people management/HR processes

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):
    All informal: Clinical supervisor for MSc modules, careers support for staff, student mentor, mentor for mental health support.

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme? To pass on tips and knowledge to aid with succession planning for the future of the profession to ensure that the future leaders are well prepared and confident in the roles they apply for.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?To be curious, enthusiastic, questioning and willing to go outside of their comfort zone to achieve their goals.

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have.  This may help in pairing you with your mentee.
    I am a season ticket holder for the Leicester Tigers rugby club. I enjoy ten pin bowling, cross stitch, reading and musicals.

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  • Penny Owens

    Title, first name and surname: Penny Owens

    Geographic region: Midlands

    Name of workplace: University Hospitals Of Derby and Burton NHS FT.

    Position: Specialist Advisor

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 
    FCR, MSc (public sector management – university of Aston Business school) , HDCR, DRNI, Clinical Instructors cert. Trust mentor training, Trust coaching training.

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:
    Corporate-level experience in regard to the following areas: management of change, leadership development, quality & governance, leading across boundaries in both NHS and Independent Healthcare sector environments.

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):
    MSc mentoring, career advisory experience within radiography and across the other AH and nursing professions. Currently provide a wide range of mentoring and coaching within the NHS and Independent healthcare sector organisations for aspiring and incumbent leaders programmes.

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme?
    The satisfaction of passing the baton to the next generation of healthcare leaders.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    That the mentee wishes to use the programme for support and development. This would be demonstrated by commitment to the programme and completing the cycle.

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have.  This may help in pairing you with your mentee.
    Registered shepherdess- provide a home for rescue sheep and rescue hens.
    Enthusiastic SCUBA diver – but only in warm climates!

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  • Sue Rimes

    Title, first name and surname: Sue Rimes

    Geographic region: Southwest

    Name of workplace: Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

    Position: Principal Radiographer, GI lead

    Qualifications (professional and/or academic) and field of study: 
    DCR(R) MbyRes Medical Imaging – field of study CT colonography.

    Area(s) of expertise in leadership/management:
    GI lead - GI and interventional radiographer. Management role in staff support and training, workforce development, management of students, recruitment and preceptorship of staff, support of undergrad and post-grad study.

    Mentoring experience.  This can be formal or informal.  In what capacity was mentoring delivered? (e.g. personal tutor, career advisor, clinical supervisor, PhD supervisor):
    I have over 20yrs experience in supporting undergraduate students to include working as a university link, an assessor and as a guest lecturer. I support staff through post grad courses – acting as a clinical supervisor. I have acted as a clinical supervisor for two PhD students undertaking data collection on site. I regularly offer informal mentoring support to staff developing management and leadership skills.

    What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring scheme?
    I am in the later years of my career and have met all my expectations clinically. I would like to give back now and support others. I would also like to do some formal coaching and am developing these skills within my Trust; it would be good to have an opportunity to build on this.

    What are your expectations from your mentee in this scheme?
    I would expect my mentee to engage with the programme, to be honest and open and in terms of outcomes, to learn and to develop within the programme. I would hope they will leave the pilot programme with more skills / confidence than they had at the start.

    Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies that you have.  This may help in pairing you with your mentee.
    I love the outdoors, I have horses and dogs, I enjoy endurance riding with my horses and agility and CaniCross with my dogs. I also enjoy walking, running, and swimming. I have a large garden to keep me busy and two grandchildren who are just wonderful.

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Steering Group

  • Alexandra Lipton
  • Alison Hewitt
  • Dr Christina Malamateniou
  • Karen Smith
  • Paula Horne
  • Shelley Whittington

Independent Adjudicator

  • Dr Rachel Harris


Self-Assessment

A useful exercise for mentees would be to assess their leadership skills before and after the pilot; one such assessment tool is provided by the NHS Leadership Academy Healthcare leadership model self-assessment tool.

 

NHS Leadership Development Programmes

If you would like to learn more about leadership, there are a number of resources at the NHS Leadership Academy. The following leadership programmes are available:

 

  • Edward Jenner Leadership programme
    A first port of call if you’re looking to build a strong foundation of leadership skills that can help enhance your confidence and competence in your role.
     
  • Mary Seacole programme
    Recommended for those new into a leadership position, this programme covers the fundamentals of leadership, leading for improvement and management skills.

  • Stepping Up programme
     This five-month leadership development programme is for aspiring Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues working within healthcare.