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Podcast: A Leadership Journey Fuelled By Curiosity

About this Podcast Episode: A Leadership Journey Fuelled by Curiosity with Ali Bolton of the Wye Valley NHS Trust

It doesn’t take a minute with the dynamic Ali Bolton of the Wye Valley NHS Trust to understand why people are motivated by her as a leader. Combining enthusiasm with method in a highly compelling way, Ali shares a refreshing perspective on improvement within healthcare. It’s all about small-scale testing, learning from what doesn’t work, and using those lessons to innovate. We delve into the idea that failures aren’t setbacks but stepping stones to better patient care and administrative processes.

The Transformative Potential of Apprenticeships

Find out how your team, too, can thrive amidst the rigour of professional growth as our conversation progresses on to the evolution of Improvement Apprenticeships within the NHS. Ali’s optimism highlights their transformative potential, with plentiful success stories across both clinical and non-clinical teams.


This is a candid and inspiring account of a personal leadership journey that’s not to be missed, with a key message emphasising the importance of relationships, trust, and a combination of education and practical experience in effective leadership.

"Improvement is a gorgeous space to be in. There's a curiosity about improvement that I really enjoy."

Nurturing Ownership to Empower Your Team

Making a team “better, brighter, and more efficient” isn’t about dictating change but guiding discovery. Letting a team own their transformation journey leads to sustainable progress and fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Join us as Ali shares her tried and tested approach to Leading teams:

The #1 Skill for Successful Leadership

The real game-changer for fuelling progress in Leadership is the ability to weave a tapestry of trust and meaningful relationships. Education may open doors, but trust and connections invite us to sit at the table and make a lasting impact.

Jump to our discussion on the importance of soft skills in effective Leadership here:

Breaking Barriers – How Apprenticeships Are Revolutionising Professional Development

Pursuing an apprenticeship can mean working, earning a respectable salary, AND getting an education at the same time. Ali shares how modern apprenticeships are no longer reserved for school leaders but also have the potential to redefine career paths.

Watch the Vodcast

Join PMI’s Susannah Clarke in the studio with Ali Bolton of the Wye Valley NHS Trust, as they talk all about A Leadership Journey Fuelled By Curiosity.  You’ll hear them discuss:

  • The importance of building meaningful relationships and trust in Leadership
  • How education provides additional credibility when speaking about improvement
  • The qualities that are essential for becoming a well-rounded leader
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