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RD&E’s Vera Byfield receives national recognition



Vera Byfield Presentation

Vera Byfield (Left) with Sue Janes, Chief Executive of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who presented Vera with her award



Vera Byfield (pictured below), Head of Management and Vocational Education at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has been named ‘Programme Manager of the Year’ by the NHS Graduate Training Scheme.


Vera ByfieldThe scheme, hosted by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, is a comprehensive programme that aims to equip graduates with the expertise needed to become successful leaders in the NHS. Trusts all over the country provide the challenging work placement element of the scheme, giving the trainee managers on-the-job experience and opportunity to develop skills and confidence.


Vera received her award for being top Programme Manager for the scheme, a role which involves supporting the trainees during the entirety of their placement at the Royal Devon and Exeter.


Vera said: “I was delighted to be nominated for the award by the trainees and was incredibly surprised when I won. The RD&E has been very successful over the years in attracting and securing placements. The scheme is incredibly important not just to the Trust, but also regionally, to ensure we develop talent and produce high quality leaders in the South West.”


Lynn Lane, Director of Human Resources at the RD&E, said: “This is a tremendous achievement. Vera works tirelessly to support the trainees and her guidance has resulted in many progressing swiftly in their careers following graduation from the scheme. I am very pleased that such a dedicated member of staff has received national recognition.”


Alison Maynard, South West Leadership Development Manager for the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, said: “Vera is a very deserving winner of this award; her care and supervision ensures the trainees have the best possible start to careers as future NHS leaders in an environment where they are stimulated, appreciated and allowed to thrive." 


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