“Studying doesn’t stop at GCSEs”

Written by Jamie Oliver Tuesday 19 March 2024
Kelly Craggs CMgr FCMI became a lead nurse at an NHS Trust. She went from dealing with cancer patients to developing teams, managing projects and helping to drive organisational change. She shares how a Senior Leadership Apprenticeship powered that pivot.
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“I had imposter syndrome at the start of the course and wondered what I’d got myself into,” laughs Kelly Craggs CMgr FCMI, speaking about the Level 7 Senior Leadership Apprenticeship she started at the University of Sunderland in 2021. 

It was very business-oriented, with a lot of talk about competitive markets and corporate strategy. People from the private sector could rattle through those areas, but it was new to me.”

Today, Kelly, 43, is the Macmillan Cancer Lead Nurse at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. Having qualified as a nurse in 2005, she spent four years as a staff nurse in surgery, before starting her cancer specialist role in 2009 at Sunderland Royal Hospital. In 2019, following the merger of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trusts, Kelly was appointed to her current lead role. 

Developing “that know-how”

This dramatic career shift has required a huge dedication to learning. 

Want to discover more about Kelly’s lifelong learning journey?


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