Clinical leaders are inspiring. They show us how things should be done, they challenge us and they make us want to follow them. For clinical leaders, “good enough” is never enough. They listen to and empathise with their patients and put them at the centre of all they do. They are systematic and use clinical evidence to underpin change. They support their teams to innovate, are willing to try out new ideas and are constantly learning from the impact such ideas have. Clinical leaders are fundamental to improving patient safety and experience, to integrating services and to creating a culture where compassion is highly valued and where patients come first.
This award recognises exceptional NHS clinical leaders – doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, advanced practitioners and others – who are out there making a difference to patients’ lives.