Winners announced for the 2021 Healthcare Leadership Academy’s Ian Noble Essay Prize

Winners announced for the 2021 Healthcare Leadership Academy’s Ian Noble Essay Prize


From left to right – Chein Lin Soh, Yueqi Ge, and Laura Myers

14th November 2021

The winners have been announced for the 2021 Ian Noble Essay Prize, a competition hosted by the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) and open to any healthcare professionals or students across the world.

Dr Ian Noble was a national leader and brilliant young doctor in the UK, who was tragically killed in a road accident at the age of 26. He had a huge impact on others throughout his life, and demonstrated some great leadership skills. The HLA’s annual essay prize is named in his honour, with the permission of his family.

Applicants to the prize submit their essay based on a title chosen by the HLA and are then judged by a panel from the HLA community who score the essays using a standardised criteria, which takes into account key aspects like knowledge, evidence, style and novelty of ideas. This year’s title was “Leadership in a virtual age: challenges and opportunities”.

The winners were selected in three different categories and awarded as follows:

  • For the healthcare students category, Chien Lin Soh who is a 5th Year medical student at Cambridge University.
  • For the healthcare professionals within 5 years of qualification category, Yueqi Ge who is a Junior Doctor (IMT2) at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
  • For the senior healthcare professionals category, Laura Myers, a leadership fellow at Rotherham General Hospital

The winning essays will be published through the HLA, enabling healthcare professionals worldwide to reflect on the insights provided by the essays about the challenges and opportunities of healthcare leadership in the virtual age.

The winners will be presented with a certificate, receive £200 towards training courses and programmes through Medics.Academy, and a year’s HLA Associate Subscription. They will also have the chance to collaborate on a HLA Live episode, giving them a further platform to share their experiences and knowledge.

Additionally, first place overall was awarded to Yueqi Ge who will be given the opportunity to present at The HLA National Conference on 13th – 14th November 2021.

Speaking about this year’s awards, Johann Malawana, Director of the HLA, said: “We were highly impressed by the quality of the essays we received. Our winners certainly deserve many congratulations for the skill and hard work in their writing and I am excited to hear more from them as they continue to provide their insights into the field of healthcare.

“At The Healthcare Leadership Academy, we are proud to provide a platform for healthcare professionals to discuss ideas, to listen and to continue learning throughout their careers. The Ian Noble Essay Awards is one way we continue to reflect on ideas, challenges and opportunities, as we strive to be the best that we can be.”