‘How I turned a demoralised group into a strong, diverse team’

Sandra Bennett’s leadership unlocked the potential of a struggling multicultural team

Sandra Bennett’s leadership unlocked the potential of a struggling multicultural team

When Sandra Bennett took up her role as integrated sexual health lead nurse at Whipps Cross and Newham university hospitals in London, she soon realised her team was struggling.

‘There was lots of infighting, pain and confusion,’ says Ms Bennett, who is employed by Barts Health NHS Trust. ‘There was no management structure, job descriptions or record of any recent appraisals.

Lack of direction

She says the lack of training and management for the nursing team caused such problems in the service that many local people gave up trying to get contraception.

‘Nurses could not prescribe or offer contraception, so waiting times and complaints had increased as patients had to wait to


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