Leadership potential earns Cumbria students place on prestigious scheme

Two students with stand-out leadership skills have both won a place on a prestigious national health programme.

University of Cumbria students Ismat Khan and Matthew Price applied for a place on the Council of Deans of Health UK Student Leadership Programme and were accepted, before the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

The programme selects the top 50 rising stars currently enrolled on healthcare programmes and develops their leadership skills on an intensive six-month course. Many graduates of the programme go on to take up leadership roles across health and social care and it is viewed by many in the sector as a stepping stone to success.

Ismat Khan, 19, from Preston is studying BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography. Keen to become a practising radiographer, she enjoys the practical placements on her course most and was desperate to start working in the real world, even if that involved 12-hour night shifts.

In light of the pandemic, Khan has opted to go back into placement to assist the NHS. She said: “I was drawn to the leadership programme because it presented itself as an opportunity to get ahead and broaden my career prospects prior to graduating.

“The programme also appealed to me as it provides coaching in a range of skills required for working in a clinical environment such as self-awareness and emotional intelligence.”

Picture: Ismat Khan is studying for a BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography.

See the full report on page 3 of the June 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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