Nov 172016

Chartered Director Julia Clarke and Non-Executive Director Poku Osei are joint winners of the NHS SW Leadership Academy's Inclusive Leader Award

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Bristol Community Health CIC Chief Executive Julia Clarke and Non-Executive Director Poku Osei have jointly won the NHS South West Leadership Academy's Inclusive Leader Award for their work on board diversity.

The award recognises leaders who are dedicated to ensuring that equality and inclusion lies at the heart of their day to day work and they actively promote equality and celebrate difference:

Julia, who is a holder of the Chartered Director qualification awarded by the Institute of Directors has been instrumental in the foundation of the ground-breaking Diversity Advantage Programme run jointly by the University of the West of England (UWE) and the NHS South West Leadership Academy in Bristol and Plymouth.

The Diversity Advantage Programme provides exceptional candidates from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to gain NHS Board level experience. The programme uses a very broad interpretation of 0the term 'Diversity' in order to focus on the promotion of diversity of thought for NHS Boards in the South West region.

This opportunity is aimed at highly experienced emerging front runners, concerned with the future of the NHS and interested in in gaining experience and contributing to the decision making of an NHS board.

The selected candidates have an opportunity to participate on a tailored pilot leadership programme called the Diversity Advantage, benefiting in learning from  highly experienced Board level practitioners and leading academics.

The pilot is being delivered in the two Cities of Bristol and Plymouth. There are 12 places available for NHS Boards and 12 selected potential Board candidates from the diverse talent pipeline across the two Cities. The programme includes a series of seminars, two Masterclasses and action learning sets.

This pioneering programme commenced on 21 June 2016 and will be completed on 6 December 2016. It is being funded by the NHS Leadership Academy at national level, and is being developed in collaboration with Christina Quinn, Director, at the NHS Leadership Academy South West, and Board member and newly elected mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, together with Bristol Community Health CIC who are piloting the first UWE graduate Board placement.

The Chartered Director qualification awarded by the Institute of Directors under Royal Charter is the only professional qualification for all directors that demands both knowledge and experience of how to make boards effective, and a commitment to continuous professional development.

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