Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
I decided to take a year ‘out of programme’ to broaden my experience and applied for one of the region’s leadership and management fellow roles. It’s a fantastic opportunity to do something different and learn new skills.
Olubumni moved to the north east from Lagos in Nigeria and chose the area to do his speciality training in psychiatry. He decided to take a year ‘out of programme’ to broaden his experience and applied for one of the region’s leadership and management fellow roles where he is currently leading work to look at the impact digital health is having on medical practice and the skills and training trainees will need for the future.
Olubumni also co-chairs the regional trainee executive forum which enables trainees to share their concerns and ideas about training and education. He says: "Until I joined I didn’t realise just how powerful it was and the impact trainees can have on shaping the future of training in our region."
What made you choose to train in the North East?
I’d heard positive things from colleagues about the training experience as well as career opportunities and the support provided to doctors in training.
What have you gained from your training here?
Opportunities for me have included wider leadership and management experience. There is plenty of support in the region and I’ve been able to take part in many training events. The learner support and faculty development team at Health Education England provide top class learning as well as coaching support too.
What are the best things about living in this part of the world?
Goes without saying…friendly people, supportive staff, an area of natural beauty, great opportunities to participate in career development and explore a good work-life balance. Oh and affordable cost of living!
What would you say to anyone considering training in the region?
Do it! One of the best places to train and in a supportive environment too. I also love nothing better than exploring the region from Hartlepool, Sunderland to Northumberland – there’s plenty to see and do. It’s rich in history and there’s a great arts and culture and foodie scene!
What are your top three tips for getting the most out of your training in the region?
Explore the breadth of opportunities to learn across the region
Immerse yourself in a network of like-minded and supportive individuals
Discover interests outside work – there’s so much to do and see.
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