Date of release: 16 March 2021
For Lola Omotoso, International Women’s Day was the day to pause and celebrate not just herself, but those that have had a positive impact on her career and the achievements of other women around her.
One of our international staff having moved to the UK in 2006 from Nigeria, Lola, Practice Education Facilitator from the Trust’s Nurse Education Department, feels she is a role model, promoting a positive vision of women. It is her belief that it is important to celebrate the incredibly inspiring women in the workplace because we don’t realise how much of an impact our lives and work have on the lives of others. Lola says: ‘To all the women around me, I celebrate you, let’s keep being phenomenal!’
Joining the Trust in March 2017 as a Theatre Practitioner (Scrub Nurse), Lola became a Practice Education Facilitator in May 2019. Lola, 44, is married with three daughters aged 19, 16 and 11, and lives in Low Hill, Wolverhampton. She’s very creative and in her spare time loves to sing and to make her own beauty products.
In Nigeria, Lola was a lecturer in philosophy at a university and as an education link for students, Lola helped new starters settle in. When she trained as a nurse in 2010 she always knew she wanted to have a career in education and training. Lola says her proudest achievement is changing career to retrain as a nurse. On seeing the post advertised at the Trust, a friend and colleague encouraged her to apply, saying it would be perfect for her. She got the job and loves what she does.
Lola is responsible for the training and development of the Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) and says she feels like she’s only just begun, with greater feats to accomplish. She runs induction and training and develops programmes to support staff learning and development. Lola’s role also includes assisting in the training of our international nurses to pass their examinations in the UK. She often helps staff in clinical areas, offering pastoral support, especially during the pandemic.
The fact she has a voice and is in a position to use it is something Lola is very proud of. Keen to develop herself, she recently finished a course enabling her to work as a Professional Advocate (Nursing). This means she can provide restorative supervision to nursing colleagues and teams by listening to and understanding their challenges and demands and to lead, support and deliver quality improvement initiatives in response. Passionate about the delivery of high quality care, she enjoys influencing staff to impact on positive patient outcomes. She loves seeing people do well and says to be a part of their journey is a privilege.
Lola is also proud of liaising with staff to improve their own perception of their roles. She says she feels totally supported in her post, working alongside the most amazing, hardworking, supportive and creative colleagues and feels blessed to be part of such a phenomenal team. Her line manager is also very supportive, ensuring she achieves her goals in a team where everyone looks out for each other. Her work area is predominantly female with only one male in her team. She says she’s never experienced discrimination as a woman nor has ever been challenged based on her gender at work.