A Dental Technician/Orthodontic and Maxillofacial Laboratory Manager from Montagu Hospital, part of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been selected to join the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) Scholars programme – a prestigious scholarship set up to develop and nurture healthcare leaders of the future.
After completing a rigorous selection process, Andrea Johnson will be joining the academy’s cohort for the 2021/22 academic year.
Founded in 2016, the HLA scholarship recognises healthcare students and professionals with proven leadership ability and gives them the opportunity to take their leadership skills to the next level.
The HLA aims to inspire and support healthcare students and professionals to change the world of healthcare through leadership, one small step at a time.
Andrea graduated from De Montfort University with a first-class BSc honors in Dental Technology in 2013 and has worked for DBTH trust since 2017 in her role as Orthodontic and OMFS Laboratory manager. She is also the OMFS Deputy Lead for Clinical Governance and a Quality Improvement Coach.
Outside of work Andrea is well known for her work helping the homeless through her own dental charity Den-Tech. The first female Chair of the Orthodontic Technicians Association, Andrea is a member of many advisory boards and steering committees, with professional bodies such as the College of General Dentistry and regulators such as the General Dental Council. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences and events both in the UK and abroad including as a guest speaker at various Universities and colleges around the country.
Speaking about the opportunity, Andrea, said: “I am utterly thrilled and honored to have been selected as the first ever Dental Technician Scholar for the HLA, and I cannot wait to start my leadership journey with them. I have such a drive and passion for healthcare leadership, and I cannot wait to see how I can grow and develop my leadership skills to better enable me to help make a real difference within the NHS that I love.”
The HLA started with the flagship HLA Scholars programme based in London and since then it has rapidly spread across the UK, with cohorts in London, Newcastle, Bristol, Belfast, and Edinburgh, as well as Amsterdam.
It was formed in response to demand from young clinicians and medical students to learn about leadership. The aim of the programme is to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and develop their understanding of leadership.
Speaking about this year’s cohort, Johann Malawana, Director of the HLA, said: “After a rigorous and competitive application process, with over 1,800 people starting the application process, we are delighted to welcome Andrea to our 2021-2022 scholars.
“The pandemic has reinforced the need for leaders who inspire, listen and care. At a time of great global challenge, it is important that the next generation of healthcare leaders are motivated, inspired, and prepared in order to best look after the populations they serve.
“We look forward to seeing what this generation of Scholars achieve with the platform they are given through the HLA and its community.”
As part of their role, Scholars are expected to develop a community project over the course of the one-year programme, with previous projects having reached national prominence, winning prizes, publications and presentations at national events including at the House of Lords.
Universities and healthcare organisations where previous scholars have been based have benefitted immensely from their staff and students becoming scholars. They have developed high profile projects that have had an impact nationally and internationally.
The HLA is approved by The Institute of Leadership and Management, is a certified member of Social Enterprises UK, and is commissioned by Health Education England North East and Health Education England South West. The HLA partners with Medics.Academy and through Medics.Academy its programme is accredited by the Medical School at the University of Central Lancashire. The HLA is also supported by University College London’s Academic Careers Office.

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