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Lesley O’Kane

Friday, 22 April, 2016
Lesley O’Kane

Matron for medicine and governance

During my time here, Northumbria has given me many opportunities to develop both personally and professionally and I have been supported to attend many management, leadership and clinical courses.

Initially I undertook a specialist nursing course which required many hours of clinical support from my physician colleagues. This was followed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’s leading improvement in patient safety course which allowed me to develop my interest in improvement methodology and governance. This led to me being involved in the reducing harm team which set up many patient safety projects which helped reduced patient harm and won a number of regional and national patient safety awards for the trust.

On a personal level it also gave me the opportunity to network at a national level and gain confidence in change management skills. Recently, I have been supported by the trust to gaining a master’s degree in professional practice in healthcare.

I have had many other opportunities for development and many years of support from nursing, clinician and managerial colleagues within the trust to develop my professional expertise.

Northumbria is a very forward-thinking organisation that genuinely welcomes innovation in the workforce and actively encourages those who seek diversity and new experiences within their career pathways.