Clinical Leader of the Year
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 is about recognising exceptional NHS clinical leaders – doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and others – who are out there making a difference to patients’ lives. The leaders who qualify for this category may well protest that success is a team effort. They are right, of course, but great teams have great leaders and we want to celebrate the real difference they make.
- An individual who has created a clear, ambitious and well-reasoned vision for his or her organisation/department/team
- An individual whose work is consistently informed by existing best practice
- An individual with an unwavering and demonstrable dedication to patient safety
- Evidence the performance of the team/department/organisation has improved as a direct result of the actions of the clinical leader. This should have a quantitative aspect, but can also include qualitative information. Evidence can focus on one or multiple aspects of performance.
- Evidence the clinical leader 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 and beyond a team/department/organisation
- Clear evidence the clinical leader’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 patients.
- An individual who has created a culture in which staff feel able to raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements