Plastic surgery trainee selected to join the Healthcare Leadership Academy as scholar

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A plastic surgery trainee working at The James Cook University Hospital has been selected to join a prestigious scholarship set up to develop and nurture healthcare leaders of the future.

Thessa Friebel

Thessa Friebel

After completing a rigorous selection process, Thessa Friebel has joined the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) scholars programme academy’s cohort for the 2021 / 22 academic year.

Founded in 2016, the HLA scholarship recognises healthcare students and professionals with proven leadership ability and gives them the opportunity to take their leadership skills to the next level.

The HLA aims to inspire and support healthcare students and professionals to change the world of healthcare through leadership, one small step at a time.

Thessa completed her medical training in the Netherlands and has been working in the NHS for almost seven years now.

Last year she moved to the north east to start her plastic surgery training and is currently working in The James Cook University Hospital.

She said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the HLA Scholars programme.

I am looking forward to improve my leadership skills in the year ahead and use this experience to contribute to our NHS.”

The scholarship programme, which was formed in response to demand from young clinicians and medical students to learn about leadership, aims to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and develop their understanding of leadership.

Speaking about this year’s cohort, Johann Malawana, director of the HLA, said: “After a rigorous and competitive application process, with over 1,800 people starting the application process, we are delighted to welcome Thessa Friebel to our 2021-2022 scholars.

“The pandemic has reinforced the need for leaders who inspire, listen and care. At a time of great global challenge, it is important that the next generation of healthcare leaders are motivated, inspired, and prepared in order to best look after the populations they serve.

“We look forward to seeing what this generation of scholars will achieve with the platform they are given through the HLA and its community.”

As part of their role, scholars are expected to develop a community project over the course of the one-year programme, with previous projects having reached national prominence, winning prizes, publications and presentations at national events including at the House of Lords.

The HLA is approved by The Institute of Leadership & Management, is a certified member of Social Enterprises UK, and is commissioned by Health Education England North East and Health Education England South West. The HLA partners with Medics.Academy and through Medics.Academy its programme is accredited by the Medical School at the University of Central Lancashire. The HLA is also supported by University College London’s Academic Careers Office.
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