Leeds health and care sector shines a spotlight on Springboard this International Women’s Day (8 March)

Date: 6 March 2024

The Leeds Health and Care Partnership is recognising the impact of its empowering, motivating and inspiring Springboard course on International Women’s Day 2024.

Springboard Women’s Development Programme is a personal and professional development initiative, aimed at those who identify as women working in non-managerial roles across the health and care system in Leeds. The programme is designed to help participants delve further into self-reflection, for the benefit of the communities that we serve, as well as their own personal development.

Many health and care organisations in Leeds have benefited from Springboard and recognise its impact on women working in the health and care sector. Since it started in 2020, over 280 women have completed the programme.

Jenny Lewis, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“On International Women’s Day, we celebrate and recognise the delivery of the Springboard programme in Leeds. Over the past 4 years the programme has provided a transformational reflective journey that continues to elevate, inspire and support the amazing women who give so much to the Leeds Health and Social Care workforce. I am delighted to celebrate that we have welcomed over 280 women to the programme and to hear the impact it has had on their lives and careers, and the impact this has for the people of Leeds.”

Kate O’Connell, Director of Leeds Health and Care Academy and Strategic Workforce, said:

“The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Inspire Inclusion’ and I believe that Springboard embodies this theme, as it invites a variety of women from across the health and care sector to connect with and support each other, encouraging them to think beyond their role and organisation and to see themselves as part of a wider system. It’s fantastic to hear about the significant real-life, long-term impact that the programme has had on both the personal lives and professional journeys of the remarkable women who have taken part.”

To empower women, Springboard is a series of fully funded virtual and face-to-face workshops that take place over a three-month period. There are several courses run throughout the year and Leeds Health and Care Academy are currently welcoming interest for their April 2024 course. The closing date to enrol is 10 March 2024.

Previous participants of the Springboard programme said:

“This was a shot of support and positivity from other women in the sector when I needed it the most.”

“I feel hopeful and empowered – it has helped me redefine success in a way that has changed my perspective on everything.”

“I have become more focused, more happier and have a healthier mindset which will help the organisation get the best from me.”

For further information, please contact LHCA@nhs.net