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Being a Darzi Fellow

As a Darzi Fellow for the Health Innovation Network (Alcohol theme) I have had the unique opportunity to work across organisational boundaries, to help improve and innovate practice at scale.

“With a background in acute nursing and hospital based quality improvement projects, prior to my Darzi year I was more comfortable working in inpatient settings within one, albeit large, NHS trust.

As a Darzi Fellow for the Health Innovation Network (Alcohol theme) I have had the unique opportunity to work across organisational boundaries, to help improve and innovate practice at scale. As part of my quality improvement project I have been required to understand different models of delivering Alcohol harm prevention and health promotion strategies: which has lead me on trips to Barcelona and Bolton, observe practice in a range of settings across South London and work collaboratively with frontline primary practice staff to share and spread best practice.

The taught components of the Darzi Fellowship have consisted of four modules that will result in a post graduate certificate in ‘leading in a clinical context’ (awarded by the University of Leeds on the successful completion of formative assignments). The four modules cover topics of: leadership and management, co-production, commissioning for whole systems and thinking and acting for effective practice. ‘Darzi days’, with the rest of the cohort of Darzi Fellows, are attended every couple of weeks and have included lectures, games and group work.

Recognising the importance of self-development as well as an enhanced knowledge base for effective leadership, coaching, action learning groups and practice surgeries have been offered at regular points throughout the year. Personally, these have given me the time, space and support to reflect on my strengths and areas for improvements. My confidence and resilience has improved significantly throughout the course of the year.

Within my project work I have sought out opportunities to ‘do things differently’ in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the current health system. This will, hopefully, lead to further innovations in this area of public health: aiming to unlock some of the potential of technology. I hope to remain affiliated with the network as my career progresses.

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