I’m a pharmacist and I have long had an interest in education. I started the course, doing the PGCert, while I was Head of Medicines Management in a PCT. I then took a couple of years’ break, and rejoined the Masters course after becoming Education and Development Manager at the National Prescribing Centre (now part of NICE).
My job includes managing and developing our network of therapeutics trainers, who are commissioned by local NHS organisations to lead educational sessions on a wide variety of therapeutic topics; developing other networks, and producing and developing a range of educational materials: so ‘education’ in a very broad sense.
My motivation to study
I wanted to obtain a theoretical framework with which to explore, challenge and develop my practice, which was previously based on experience, watching others and some non-systematic reading.
I also wanted to stretch myself intellectually and academically, and wanted a qualification to ‘evidence’ my skills and knowledge. I applied to Leeds because of the reputation of the course, my previous experience of working with the course leader, and because of its convenient location.
It was hard work, but ultimately very satisfying and certainly very stimulating. I very much enjoyed working and learning with staff and fellow students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of experiences.