IHBC welcomes new professional and training support staff: Ramona Usher and Sarah Cheng

personThe IHBC is delighted to welcome two new consultants to assist in the development of our CPD and accreditation and training support programmes – which include our celebrated MATE (Membership Application Training Event) sessions:

  • Dr Ramona Usher will lead on delivering the accreditation support, extending their reach to Branches and HESPR members old and new, and

  • Sarah Cheng will help develop learning and training frameworks for the institute and its members.

IHBC Chair David McDonald said: ‘I am pleased to welcome Ramona Usher and Sarah Cheng to the IHBC.  Ramona will extend the reach of our popular MATE sessions and Sarah will take the lead on training frameworks for national and local Branch programmes.  I wish them both well in their new roles.’

‘The voluntary Branch network will be central to these plans, so keep an eye out for our NewsBlog updates on progress here.’

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly offered more detail on the new arrangements, saying: ‘Our arrangements align closely with commitments in the IHBC’s Corporate Plan, CP20, and with our ongoing CPD and related support services.’

‘These include especially CP20’s ‘Aim B2’: to develop the ‘training priorities framework [to operate] across committee, Branch and other infrastructure’.

‘Our new consultants will operate as follows:

  • Ramona will work two days per week, focussing on delivery and wider professional development support linked to our SelfStarter resources and MATE sessions, including in particular extending support for accreditation through IHBC membership.
  • Sarah, at one day per week, will develop the training infrastructure to make sure we are supporting member and sector CPD and training as best we can.

‘Together our new consultants will build on the distinctive character of our professional support and infrastructure – both the interdisciplinary profile of our membership and of our accreditation processes, and the voluntary nature of so much of our core capacity.’

‘We all look forward to working closely with them in advancing our ambitions.’

Sarah Cheng said: ‘I’m really very excited to be working with the IHBC, helping develop our current strategy for training and build on our strong ethos of learning.’

‘I am especially looking forward to working with our members and establishing a framework of tools to support their route to accreditation and beyond into CPD.’

Dr Ramona Usher said: ‘I’m delighted to be an integral part of this programme, while my partcular my ambition is to increase and diversify the membership body of the IHBC.’

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