Five ways to boost your career development

Rachael JarvisRachael Jarvis, our King’s Health Partners Education Academy lead, [pictured right] shares five recommendations that she believes could help advance your career. 

Having worked with clinicians, academics and support staff across King’s Health Partners for more than 10 years, our Education Academy Administration Manager, Rachael Jarvis, is well positioned to recommend some of the best resources available to you to boost your career. 

In this blog, Rachael recommends five resources from the Learning Hub that she believes will help facilitate your career progression. These resources are designed for King's Health Partners staff, students and trainees, and can be accessed online by logging into the Learning Hub through your partner organisation:

Realising Your Potential 

In this Learning Hub resource, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from inspiring colleagues about their career journeys, how to achieve your own career goals, as well as download resources from each of our partner organisations to support your career development. 

What makes the speakers in the course so inspiring to me is their diverse and varied personal and professional backgrounds. The key message that comes across in these heartening video clips is that it should not matter where you are from, or what qualifications you have – opportunities for progression are available for you in the NHS and higher education, so long as you make yourself known to be willing to learn and develop. 

One of the presenters, Kelly Lewis-Trowler, Director of Operations, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust ends her presentation with some inspiring quotes:

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.


Developing Leadership Skills

I recommend this area on the Learning Hub dedicated to developing your leadership skills.

There are so many resources and programmes out there to help you develop leadership qualities, transition into roles with more responsibility and handle particular management challenges. This hub of leadership resources will really help you prioritise which programmes are the best for you. 

From the Leadership Toolkit, to the Healthcare Leadership Model to Edward Jenner’s Leadership Foundation Programme – you can select the resources that are most relevant to you, to tailor to your own development needs. 

The Academic Foundation Programme

The Academic Foundation Programme is a two-year generic clinical and academic training programme that forms a bridge between medical school and specialist or general practice training.

At King’s Health Partners, we offer an Academic Foundation Programme for the South Thames Foundation School, providing opportunities to develop research, teaching and leadership or management skills alongside the core clinical competences.

I would highly recommend this Learning Hub opportunity for students planning to go into academic medicine, as well as those choosing a different medical career. This resource combines an overview of the steps to apply to the Academic Foundation Programme, as well as the opportunity to hear from current supervisors and past trainees about their experiences on the programme. 

Professional Development resources on the Learning Hub

The chance to develop professionally and continue your life learning is one that is championed so well at King’s Health Partners, and that can be demonstrated by our more than 10 unique professional development opportunities on our Learning Hub. 

Whether you’re interested in improving your academic writing, improve your communication skills or up-skill on deaf awareness – there’s definitely something for you to take up and incorporate in your professional development review with your line manager. 

Simulation in Healthcare 

This suite of resources has been created to prepare you for the realities of simulation training – a technique used to recreate events and situations to develop non-technical skills, without exposing patients to risks. 

This interactive resource gives you an introduction to simulation and what to expect from a training course at one of our simulation centres, plus a deeper exploration of the importance of human factors in care giving, such as communication skills.

Want to learn more about Education and Training opportunities at King’s Health Partners? Find details on the Learning Hub, now with 85 free courses available.