Students secure places on York Leaders programme

Posted on 20 March 2019

Three second year nursing students; Susan Birkitt, Noalala Ndlovu and Esther Meza have successfully secured a place on the York Leaders programme.

The programme provides students with the chance to develop leadership skills alongside employers and alumni, and starts with a three day intensive training course, working with expert trainers and employers.

The training will explore leadership skills in a team and interview techniques and will provide opportunities for students to provide peer to peer feedback.

With only 100 places available, Susan, Noalala and Esther have done well to all be selected from the Department of Health Sciences.

Susan says: “I am really grateful to have been given this opportunity to be part of this programme. With the Nursing & Midwifery Council standards changing in relation to nursing and leadership, this is going to be invaluable. It will be exciting to meet other students, alumni and staff from the University who will support us to improve our leadership skills. I am sure this will have an impact on my future practice.”

Esther comments: “I was filled with excitement and nervousness when I received the email congratulating me. I’m looking forward to sharpening my leadership skills as I love learning from others. This will provide me with invaluable skills for my future nursing career.”

Noalala adds: “I am grateful to be part of this transformative journey of self-development. This programme will not only strengthen my leadership and professional skills but will enable me to make a difference to the lives of all those I will work and interact with.”

Professor Paul Galdas, Professor of Nursing and Deputy Head of Department (Nursing and Midwifery) said: "I am delighted that Susan, Noalala and Esther have been accepted on to this programme. The scheme is an excellent way to develop high leadership skills which are critical to the success of the next generation of nurses and for the future of healthcare.

"I know that they will enjoy the experience and will learn a great deal from being involved. I wish them every success."