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I have had the opportunity of undertaking a number of management development courses which I have found beneficial. I have also completed a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Services Management which gave me an in-depth look at the Health Service. I have attended DHSSPS Women in Leadership Programme which again helped me in my current role. I was seconded for 14 months to a project post which helped me focus on issues other than management and also helped me understand how the processes work from the DHSSPS down. Although I have been in this current post for several years, it has been beneficial and necessary to look outside my role and previous experiences have helped me to do this. They have provided me with insight and support, increased my knowledge and taught me different styles of leadership and management which have proved very worthwhile.
I would suggest work shadowing with a CSM for a period of time to learn about the demands of the job and what skills are required on any given day. Staff applying for a post like mine are usually in a management role already but their posts are generally more clinically based. Promotion to a post like mine will therefore require a major change in their role and they need to be prepared for that. I would encourage a colleague to ensure they had the necessary 'hands-on' experience and adequately meet the educational requirements needed. They must be prepared to work long hours when necessary and meet deadlines efficiently.
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