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Name: John Olawuni
Occupation: Staff Nurse, Day Surgery Unit
Location: Yeovil District Hospital

"Attending the 3M AfPP Academy this year has made me see a great improvement in my communication with people, and my relationship with colleagues and the multidisciplinary team has changed tremendously. This has had a big impact on my job, and colleagues have started to see improvement in the changes I am making at work. I am glad to be one of the beneficiaries of this year’s 3M AfPP Academy award."

(August 2011)

Name: Denise Richards
Occupation: Theatre Practitioner
Location: Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

"Taking part in the Academy has given me considerable extra confidence in my own abilities in the workplace. I believe this is reflected by comments made by colleagues in relation to my enthusiasm, reliability and highly professional work ethics. This has in turn opened up new opportunities, for example our department has just received funding to begin a Bariatric Surgery service and I have been approached by the surgical directorate to be a key member of this new team."

(September 2009)

Name: Angela Hatherill-Smith
Occupation: Sister/Deputy Clinical Lead, Theatres
Location: Eastbourne District General Hospital

"The Academy is a fantastic opportunity for everyone working in perioperative practice. However much experience you think you have the workshops will compliment and add so much more to your personal and professional development. Our final Academy sessions on Personal Effectiveness and Leadership were delivered by a very creative trainer who facilitated great interaction between the Academy team. The workshops were a chance to share life stories and exchange ideas...overall a valuable and uplifting experience."

(September 2008)

Name: Rex P. Dalaten
Occupation: Team Leader, Main Theatres
Location: University College London Hospital

"The Academy workshops have all been well presented and the topics covered have been very useful, and directly relevant to me on both a personal and professional level. The presentation on leadership style was superb, and has given me some great ideas that I can implement at work. It has also provided encouragement and motivation to give 100 percent of my effort to support my Unit".

(September 2008)

Name: Lesley Powell
Occupation: Deputy Team Leader
Location: Eastbourne DGH

"When I returned to work having completed the Academy programme I had changed. I had become more confident in my own abilities and more assertive in my approach to difficult situations. I also feel more confident about seeking help and advice. I am also more able to express myself."

(October 2007)

Name: Rodolfo Relano
Occupation: Theatre/Anaesthetic Nurse
Location: University College London Hospital

"The workshop has motivated me to aspire and examine my leadership qualities, and has encouraged me to understand my fears can be turned into positives as long as I am focused. I can get what I want in my profession to give the best care for my patients."

(October 2007)

Name: Clive Underwood
Occupation: Practice & Development Practitioner - Theatres
Location: The Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust

"The 3M AfPP Academy had the WOW factor from start to finish. Creative interactive sessions (led by expert facilitators) set the scene for probably the best leadership "finishing school" I have attended."

"New skills have been learned and existing ones polished, particularly in areas such as dealing with change, motivation strategies (for oneself and others), acquiring greater legal/litigation awareness and gaining a fresh new perspective on assertiveness. These experiences have dramatically changed my work practice and career aspirations."

(September 2006)

Name: Sharon Cuthbert
Occupation: Sister
Location: Yorkhill NHS Trust, Glasgow

"Participation in the 3M AfPP Academy has provided me with an armoury of skills and techniques that I have already put to good use in both my professional and personal life."

"The Academy has allowed me to evolve into a practitioner who is assertively delegating tasks to appropriate staff."

"My career has progressed dramatically. Utilising the techniques from several of the Academy sessions has allowed me to progress into a job in higher education, which had previously been a pipe dream, but is now a reality thanks to the Academy."

"Attending the Academy has been truly life changing for me."

(October 2005)

Name: Nadine Land
Occupation: Sister Recovery
Location: BUPA Wellesley Hospital, Essex

"I have benefited enormously from attending the Academy, on both personal and professional levels. My confidence has increased especially when dealing with difficult situations."

"It has also been of great benefit to have "time out" from the workplace, which allows you to reflect on your current management skills and how things could be improved. We have gained valuable skills from the trainers and also from each other."

"As well as all this, 3M and AfPP have looked after us extremely well; it's been great fun and I would thoroughly recommend it!"

(October 2005)

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