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Louise Goswami shares her experiences on the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme:
A Personal Journey

By Louise Goswami
Head of Library and Knowledge Services Development, Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex

I began the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme to further develop my leadership skills and to enable me to begin to explore alternative career options within the NHS. Whilst undertaking the programme, in addition to my Library and Knowledge Services (LKS) lead responsibilities I was appointed as the programme manager tasked with overseeing the implementation of Knowledge for Healthcare – a development framework for NHS LKS.

How the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme has impacted on myself, my team and my organisation.

  • It has given me access to a wide array of tools that have enabled me to be more self-aware and reflective of my behaviours, leadership and influencing styles.
  • I am now aware that to successfully influence stakeholders to become champions I need to select the most appropriate influencing strategy. I also need to embody transformational leadership skills to articulate the direction of travel to potential champions.
  • The programme has also helped me to consider how to bring together diverse individuals with the relevant skills to deliver different elements of Knowledge for Healthcare and inspire shared purpose.
  • The programme has given me the confidence to begin to experiment with approaches to inspire shared purpose, which will strengthen my skills in influencing and engaging teams.

To read about how the programme has impacted on Louise, her team, organisation and to learn more about her journey, click here.