Ally Middleton, Clinical Project Manager

Ally Middleton is a Clinical Project Manager at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.

Ally never intended to be a Clinical Project Manager, but spend a lot of time working and in education to get there.  Below, Ally details how she got where she is today and what she does.

Can you give some examples of what you do in a typical day or week?

As a Project Manager, I am responsible for a small team of facilitator and tutors.  We normally start the day with a quick update on what we are up to and our plans and visits for the day.

Each day and week is really varied, so I could be attending meetings at the University, planning clinical training and placements, or delivering clinical skills teaching.  Sometimes, I attend meetings across the NHS organisations, and often there is quite a lot of travelling between jobs.

The most rewarding part of my job is when I spend time on the wards with our apprentices and seeing how they are progressing.

What do you enjoy most and least about your work?

I love engaging with learners of any kind – the best part is knowing that you have made a connection with a member of staff and that, as a result, patient experience will improve!  I also love when I can share my passion for education and learning with others.

My least favourite bit is doing all the administration!  There is lots of filing, sorting out, and organisation that takes me away from spending time with learners in the workplace.

How did you get into your current career?

I completed my nursing degree in 2007, then spent a number of years working clinically as a nurse in various settings within hospitals (trauma, emergency care, medical assessment).  I was always interested in education and training, and was really passionate about developing Healthcare Assistants and Student Nurses.

I ended up doing a training job alongside clinical work for a couple of year and had the opportunity to do my diploma in teaching at a local college whilst in the workplace.

In 2015, I starting working in University and had the opportunity to undertake post-graduate education.  After a couple of years, I applied for the job as Clinical Project Manager, which I have been doing for 12 months.  I am just about to finish my Masters in education, which I have completed part-time whilst working full-time.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your career?

I didn’t plan to end up doing this job, but I wouldn’t want anything else now!  I have always done roles I am passionate about and, as long as you enjoy what you do and give it 100%, you will find that opportunities are always around and presenting themselves.

Never let anyone tell you that you aren’t the right fit for a job.  Write a good CV and personal statement and always be honest!

What are your future career plans?

I am quite happy at the minute, but I know that project management can be time-limited.  I would like to manage an education department for an organisation, as I am passionate about leadership and education!

A massive thank you to Ally for sharing your story and for all your helpful hints.

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