Emma, Clinical Services Manager at Baywater Healthcare has shared her thoughts on International Women’s Day.
Tell us about yourself
I am the Clinical Services Manager and Clinical Governance Lead for Baywater Healthcare. My role sees me overseeing patient safety and clinical quality within the organisation. I also act as the Designated safeguarding lead and ensure that our patients and employees are all protected from the risk of abuse.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EmbraceEquity, how important is it that you work for a company that does demonstrate that it is embracing equity?
My role oversees equality impact assessments in all services that we provide. This means that I review our policies and processes to ensure that we always meet our expectations with the key characteristics of the Equality Act ensuring we offer equality for age, disabilities, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. I also work closely with our Human Resources Team and our Quality Manager to ensure this practice is carried out across the organisation for staff, patients and carers. My role is to challenge where we are not achieving equality and to put measures in place to ensure that we do.
What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement was the day that I qualified as a nurse. I always had an ambition to become a Nurse so this was a massive achievement for myself personally. I also felt that I had made my parents proud, which was a wonderful feeling.
What advice would you give to any women that is looking to build a career in a role similar to yours?
Follow your dream and don’t let anybody tell you that you won’t succeed. Keep working hard and stay focused on your goal. You will get there, you will become the female leader that you desire to be.