“A great leader is one who creates leaders and helps others to improve”

Moses Mburu, Team Leader at the Trust’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Oak Unit, talks about his inspiring leadership journey after being awarded a place on the Florence Nightingale Emerging Leaders Scholarship programme.

Moses began his nursing career at HPFT in 2006 as a staff nurse on the male acute inpatient unit at QE2. He worked his way up and in 2016, moved to his current Team Leader role.

Moses said he “Wanted to be a good nurse and not only deliver quality care but cope with competing demands of health care, all whilst being a good leader.”

This year he was one of only twelve people selected in the country for the Florence Nightingale Emerging Leaders Scholarship – an incredible opportunity to develop further. He said ‘It was the most intense application I’ve ever had to do. The process involved convincing the panel why I deserved the scholarship - thousands apply each year.’

Moses was also one of 60 people selected globally for the Emerging Leaders Programme at Harvard Kennedy Executive Business School (USA).

Through the scholarship and Harvard learnings, Moses has streamlined the way his team work together whilst effectively developing and supporting them through periods of change. Moses said: ‘The key messages I took away were to lead with dignity, realising the value team members bring and learning how to connect the whole team to a shared purpose.

‘I am always looking for areas and opportunities where each team member, regardless of their level and experience, can develop themselves.’