Letters

I am on the NHS management training scheme and read Gary Woodward's comments (First Person, 12 March) with great interest.

The article brings back vivid memories from situations I have encountered, and I agree strongly that a major function of the course is the use of theory in a practical way.

But I am slightly disillusioned by some of his judgemental comments. He has concluded, very quickly, that you don't need to be intellectual to succeed in management, and that this may make you unsuitable for the scheme.

You do not need to be a seasoned academic to succeed - to my knowledge, none of the current intake have received Nobel prizes (yet) - but intellectualism comes in more guises than this.

Defined as 'the faculty of knowing and reasoning', intellect is a necessary core in most managers. In the age of evidence-based management, being able to understand, store and practically apply this evidence is of paramount importance.

Gary Woodward also raises fears that the theoretical part of the course may be blunting his strengths. The training provides individuals from many backgrounds with the opportunity to improve in all areas. Responsibility rests with the individual to ensure they manage their training in the most appropriate way.

Tim Guyler, NHS management trainee, Associate manager, Trauma directorate, Walsgrave Hospitals trust, Coventry.