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UEA business apprenticeship welcomes senior NHS staff

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has launched a new business apprenticeship for senior leaders from local organisations, with 22 members of staff from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) enrolling yesterday  (7 March).

The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, unlike many professional development courses, allows students to place their own work experience within the context of the latest business and management thinking, under the guidance of leading experts and academics.

The course is designed for senior managers and future leaders from a varied range of industries, allowing employees to acquire the latest business knowledge, develop their existing skills and gain a wider perspective on strategic business challenges.

The course also provides the opportunity to learn within a diverse peer group of aspirational fellow professionals. Students graduating from the programme will receive a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

UEA has worked with local employers to design degree apprenticeship programmes to meet their needs, which includes the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship, which was launched last month.

Julian Campbell, Course Director at UEA, said: “The MBA team is very excited to be launching this course, particularly given that we are one of the first universities to link our well-established MBA programme with the new Senior Leaders Apprenticeship.

“Working in partnership with the NNUH has given us an opportunity to create a course that invests in the managerial and leadership talent of the future, a key issue for the health sector in the coming years.” 

Jeremy Over, NNUH Director of Workforce said: “This is a really exciting development opportunity for NNUH staff and we’re delighted that 22 of our senior colleagues will be embarking on this new leadership apprenticeship. 

“As a hospital we are always looking at innovative ways our staff can enhance their skills, and we want to wish those taking part in the apprenticeship the best of luck on their studies at the UEA.”

Mark Gilham, Head of Radiotherapy at NNUH, who enrolled on the course today, said: “The UEA Executive MBA Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for those working in management roles at NNUH.

“As a Therapeutic Radiographer, my previous training has been clinically focused. With the apprenticeship, I am looking forward to enhancing my leadership and business skills, blending them with my clinical background to the benefit of our patients and the radiotherapy department.”

Another student, Amy Eagle, who is Divisional Operations Director for the Women’s and Children’s Division at NNUH, said: “I’m very excited to be taking part in this course, and I’m delighted to be able to have the opportunity to enhance my business management skills, which in turn, will support my role here at NNUH.”