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This International Women's Day, we speak to Lindsay Abraham, Commissioning Home Director at Exemplar Health Care about her career, and the changes that she wants to see in her sector.

Tell us about yourself

​I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse, I have been qualified 13 years and worked in mental health care for most of that time! I worked at Kemple View from being qualified until around 4 years ago. I had been given every opportunity to develop at Kemple View and felt I needed to “spread my wings” a little to develop.

I did some work supporting a service to become a rehabilitation service and I then opened a new service for females with complex mental health needs. I developed this from the build to obtaining good in all areas with CQC.

I am now a Commissioning Home Director with Exemplar Health Care. I am thoroughly enjoying this challenge supporting the service to develop. I lead the team to achieve their goals, to improve quality and to ensure care provision is of a high standard. Ribble View are now flying; the progression is incredible in a short space of time, and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.

What needs to change to achieve gender equality?

We need to enable progression for all genders and be flexible allowing for family life. Work life balance is important to everyone. Staff only achieve their true potential with the right amount of work and family life balanced.

What 3 tips would you give to women looking to break into your industry?

Be Determined. If you want to achieve you can.

Be open to taking on new challenges. Step out of your comfort zone and spread your wings.

A career in health care or nursing is a vocation. If you have passion, drive and motivation, think of the difference you could make.

​What has been your most significant achievement in your career to date?

Taking on my first role as Hospital Director, opening a service, registering with CQC and gaining good ratings in all domains at our first inspection.

Although I feel that my current role will undoubtedly allow for further significant achievements, I am looking forward to the future of Ribble View and my career with Exemplar Health Care.

Who inspires you?

I have always said that I have been inspired by two main people in my career.

The first one is my lead nurse who guided me from being a preceptor. She had confidence in me, encouraged me to challenge my fears and offered me opportunities to develop. She was an inspiration to me because she was the lead nurse at Kemple View; she led the team and always focussed on developing others to their potential.

I worked with a ward manager at the start of my manager career as a Charge Nurse. She never had fear, always embraced a challenge and never missed a deadline! She taught me a lot, enabling me to develop into the manager I am today.

Both these women are strong, influential leaders who showed me how to achieve my potential, to keep progressing and be confident.

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