This course has allowed me to develop my personal and professional leadership and management skills

Abi Powell

Abi Powell chose to study at a postgraduate level at USW during a global pandemic. In doing so, she has developed her personal and professional leadership skills.

I undertook all of my undergraduate education with USW starting off with a Foundation degree and then obtaining a BSc Human Resource Management with first class honours. This supported me to gain a place on the Graduate Scheme at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board in 2014. Having completed it over two years, I secured a senior position as Directorate Support Manager for Obstetrics and Gynaecology. At that time, I was offered funding to support my further learning and development at postgraduate level. I had no hesitation in choosing USW, but the question was which course?

I chose the MSc Leadership and Management as I thought it would best support my passion to lead people and teams effectively. I was particularly interested in the Coaching module, which helped me to understand what coaching is all about both in theory and in practice.  Adopting a coaching approach has really supported my success in my senior management role. Another attraction was the opportunity to achieve the ILM Level 7 diploma, which is valued by many organisations, without doing any extra work!

Studying an MSC during the global pandemic with one child, pregnant with my second, and holding a senior management position in the NHS was extremely challenging, and sometimes it seemed almost impossible. However, I can honestly say that the practical and emotional support received from our course tutor, lecturers and my peers was outstanding.

This course has allowed me to develop my personal and professional leadership and management skills. Since successfully completing the MSc course I have gained another senior promotion as Primary Care Workforce Lead for Health Education and Improvement Wales.