Chief Executive of the Year
Swelling deficits, increasing demand, pressure from regulators: the life of an NHS trust chief executive continues to be a challenging one. Public scrutiny of their actions has never been more intense, and the steady stream of departures from top jobs – and the challenge finding successors – underscores the scale of the pressure. Meanwhile, the skills considered necessary to success are rapidly changing – the increasing need to be a values-based, collaborative system leader rather an organisation-focused command and controller is frequently emphasised.
This award will celebrate an exceptional individual who is handling these challenges with aplomb. He or she will be empowering colleagues at all levels and of all disciplines. Our judges are looking for NHS chief executives with a demonstrable patient focus, and one which they are embedding throughout their organisations. Those who are leading more challenged organisations will not be excluded from consideration – after all, excellent leadership is desperately needed in these environments.
- An individual who has created a clear, ambitious and well-reasoned vision for his or her organisation – one which demonstrably patient-focused
- An individual whose work is consistently informed by best practice
- Evidence the performance of the organisation has improved as a direct result of the actions of the chief executive. This should be quantitative, and can focus on one or multiple aspects of performance
- Evidence the chief executive has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care. This should have a quantitative aspect, but can also include qualitative data as appropriate
- An individual who has clearly and directly influenced the behaviour of colleagues
- Individuals whose vision has embedded throughout an organisation and/or to other organisations and settings
- Clear evidence the chief executive’s actions have directly improved value. Where possible, this should include evidence of improved financial value as well as value to patients through improved quality
- An individual who makes others feel valued and engaged. This should include medics, nurses and managers in the organisation and beyond, but also patients.
- An individual who has created a culture in which staff feel able to raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements