South West Regional Student Leadership Conference
  • Rolle Plaza Marquee, University of Plymouth

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‘Leadership in healthcare today is not simply at a managerial and director’s level, it is the ability to stand up for what is right, defend the profession and put forward a different way of thinking.’ 

This was a key learning point from the Council of Deans of Health Student Leadership Programme July 2018 conference. 

Four students from the University of Plymouth want to share this learning with a wider healthcare student population and drive forward the momentum created from the programme. 

All students of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions (including radiography, orthoptics, physiotherapy, dietetics, paramedicine, occupational therapy, optometry, podiatry, operating department practice, speech and language therapy) from South West universities are invited to register for the first South West Regional Student Leadership Conference, at the University of Plymouth campus. It is free to register, and there are 200 funded places up for grabs, not including travel to Plymouth.

During the day you will hear from healthcare professionals with both typical and atypical leadership journeys, engage in interprofessional workshops and have the opportunity to visit stalls from South West NHS trusts and unions.

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Students from the University of Plymouth (School of Nursing and Midwifery or School of Health Professions): You are permitted up to 37.5 hours as extra-curricular activity. If you are in practice you need agreement from your mentor, if during theory then agreement from your personal tutor.

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Today's events

Biography: Professor Sara Demain

The subject of Sara's talk is 'The reluctant leader: Overcoming resistance through re-framing, reflecting, taking risks and building resilience'.  

Sara is Head of the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Plymouth. This is a senior role requiring the application of strategic and operational leadership on a daily basis. 

"From the outside it may look like I was always heading for such a position; yet I am constantly surprised both that I have ended up in such a role and that I actually enjoy it (most of the time). So how and why did I get where I am now? This presentation will tell the story of how I redefined my view of leadership and slowly gained the courage to take on senior roles, helped along the way by some wonderful mentors and friends. I hope to share some of the lessons I have learnt so that you can overcome your own reluctance and take your steps towards leadership with confidence."

Biography: Carrie Biddle

I am proud to be a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) with over 18 years of working in the NHS, transformed into an AHP taking action on the things that are important to me. At this time this includes leadership, patient safety, and staff health and wellbeing. 

I work in Cornwall as the clinical governance and quality lead across an integrated therapy service supporting physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, dietitians, and speech and language therapists. I also work for Health Education England as the South West AHP Leadership Fellow. 

I am most energised when I’m working in an environment where I can make a positive difference with staff and patients. I have a determined interest in raising the profile and visibility of AHP leaders at all organisation and system levels. I co-created and continue to run an AHP Future Leaders Programme across Cornwall and was the co-creator of the #AHPsDay social movement in 2018.

Biography: Peta Temple

Peta Temple is a wounded healer who will graduate as an MHN in September this year. She believes we need better education and training for those working with people whose difficulties in living are described by the label of personality disorder. To this end, Peta works with service user groups, offers lived experience informed staff training and runs several service user inclusion programmes alongside her degree. She says her former career as a journalist prepared her well for the grant applications, business plans and course syllabus design this involves, and which she is currently buried under.

Biography: Scott Adams

Hello, my name is Scott. I had the honour of being able to complete a Summer Internship with the University Hospital and Johanniter Ambulance Teams in Aachen, Germany. I witnessed how an overseas healthcare system functions, a hospital with admissions from three different countries due to being in the Euregio Zone alongside international elective patients. I worked in a hospital and ambulance service designed around the nursing and medicine process to the extent that I was in disbelief. The 'Telenotarzt' system is one that is gaining attention both across Germany and in the International EMS sector. I was able to see forward-thinking, dynamic management and leadership being put to practice and the effect this had on team morale.

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Discounted train travel

We have partnered with Great Western Railways (GWR) to offer delegates attending the South West Regional Student Leadership Conference discounted return train fares to Plymouth. These reduced rates can save you up to 60% on the cost of travel within the GWR Network only. Please note that discounted tickets can only be purchased within 12 weeks of travelling.

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