Tanya Greenland, alumna, MSc Leadership and Service Improvement in Health
Studying while continuing to work is always a tricky balance
but Tanya found that she was supported throughout her time at LSBU. "At
Master's level you have to use a different learning style, it's more
independent - however LSBU supports you to learn those skills. The course is
excellently put together and the online library is brilliant if you are not on
campus every day."
"I decided to come here because colleagues had recommended LSBU
for this course," explains Tanya. "It's also really conveniently located.
Lastly though, my conversation with the Course Director made me feel that this
would be a supportive learning experience and I needed to feel that to return
to study whilst in full time employment."
LSBU's reputation had a large part to play in Tanya's decision to
come here, but the course itself also closely matched her professional
aspirations. "I chose this course because I felt it aligned with not only my
role at the time (as a Clinical Service Lead), but also with the strategic aims
of my Trust and the future direction I wanted to take professionally", she
says. It's fair to say that Tanya's commitment has been rewarded as she is now
a Project Manager of the Trust's Adult Mental Health programme. "My new
role involves managing the delivery programme and working closely with teams
to ensure delivery of change, developing
operational policies and protocols, and working with service users and carers
to ensure they are involved with and informed about the change and with
commissioners to report against achievement of the programme and outcomes
attached to the programme," she explains.
It's a new challenge but it's one that
Tanya is enjoying: "I love working on a strategic large-scale project with the
levels of development and innovation that entails, but also working closely
with individuals, patients and teams to deliver that change. I feel that I have
a fantastic opportunity for my own professional development too."
Tanya has been able to apply some of her new knowledge to her role
very quickly. "The modules covering leadership and innovation, particularly the
learning around change management and engagement, have been really valuable,"
she says. "The change management theories I have studied and also the research
I've done in regard to engaging with stakeholders has directly benefitted my
current role," she adds. "I'm looking forward to consolidate everything I've
learned from LSBU, and everything I'm learning in my new position over the next
few years, and potentially take a step to another strategic role in delivering
innovations and improvements to mental health services."