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Careers Champion case study

Gemma Stebbings

Divisional Project Manager, James Paget University Hospital

Tell us a bit about your role and how long you’ve worked for the NHS?

I’ve been in the NHS for nearly 4 years and I’m currently a Divisional Project Manager. My overall responsibility is  to deliver changes and projects that help make the day-to-day processes better, which helps our teams deliver great patient care.

Tell us a bit about the Careers Champions role?

The role of the Careers Champion is to listen and understand your journey; where you are now and where you’d like to be. We are here to help you work out your next steps and when you will take them.

Gemma Stebbings

What excites you about being a Careers Champion?
I’m extremely passionate about people development and I’m excited about the prospect of being able to help and support people to work out a plan for their next step, whether that’s within their current role or into a new role.

How do you think your experience will help support fellow colleagues?

I have experience across multiple organisations, both within the public and private sector. I enjoy coaching, mentoring and supporting people with their development journeys and have undertaken this with individuals, throughout my career.

Since joining the NHS, I’ve become a Healthcare Leadership Model 360° Feedback Facilitator, supporting those wishing to further both their career and self-development.

Careers Champions – Helping You To Map Out Your Future Career Pathway

What is the long term importance of Careers Champions for the future workforce?

Ongoing career conversations are vital in ensuring everyone has the opportunity to discuss how they can fulfil their potential. Having access to Careers Champions is an important part of building a future succession plan for our workforce.

What would be your advice to those people a bit apprehensive seeing a Careers Champions?
It can be daunting to think about approaching someone to discuss your career, so please be reassured we are impartial, confidential and not here to judge. We’re here to listen, offer you some tools to support and help you formulate a plan going forward.