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Training at Health Management testimonial

A reflective piece on the “Trainee to Consultant” journey 

When I first started at Health Management, I remember the daunting fact of another four years of my life spent working and studying full time, but I knew what I signed up for when I decided to “re-train.” I had no prior experience of occupational medicine but had been a public health physician working in the UK NHS (National Health Service) for over 20 years. At the time, there were a number of senior consultants within the team at Ringmer including my educational supervisor, Dr Laurence Boakye.

Although my first year of training was a challenge, coming from public health which was a predominantly non-clinical role, I soon blended into the fold undertaking the required number of medical assessments a day, up to three days a week initially, but with the gradual introduction into a more “clinical leadership” role, by my third year, I was facilitating CMO (Chief Medical Officer) annual visits to various clients with the Account Managers in addition to my clinical sessions. I was able to complete my training in the four years with minor “glitches,” but the only slight criticism would be making the “transition” into a consultant role a bit more “smoother”.

What do you think was the downside to training at Health Management?

Initially, combining clinical assessments, teaching, studying and raising a young family did have its challenges especially sticking to the very tight deadlines around my MSc dissertation which I had to undertake as part of my training. However, I was very fortunate to have an understanding educational supervisor and a number of clinical supervisors who had all been through what I did as a trainee and also all had a similar work-life balance to deal with! The only downside to training in the sector, I would say on reflection however, was at the end of the day, Health Management is a business and so there are certain expectations that are required which sometimes conflicted with my “training needs,” which then required me to “stand my ground” on occasion but overall, I would not see that that as an “unexpected” challenge. 

Any regrets training at Health Management?

On reflection, I would say no. Since completing my training three months ago, I have been asked if Health Management was an organisation “fit” for training by “potential” trainees. My response to them has been for them to consider the following requirements: have a clear plan focussed on the training curriculum as set by the FOM (Faculty of Occupational Medicine) over the four years of their training, develop a “thick skin” (as you will need it) and more importantly, have a flexible and positive attitude towards hard work and you are likely to do just fine!

Dr Sade Adenekan, Consultant Occupational Physician