HSJ Inspirational Women list celebrates outstanding leaders

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Last night (Wednesday 17th July), the Health Service Journal (HSJ), announced its inaugural Inspirational Women list, which we, the NHS Leadership Academy, proudly supported.  Around 80 inspirational women and guests attended a private reception to network and celebrate success.

HSJ Inspirational WomenThe HSJ Inspirational Women list celebrates outstanding leaders or generous mentors who are driving change and innovation in service redesign or at the heart of influencing health policy.  The list contains women from clinical or non-clinical backgrounds who stand out for their passion and ability to innovate and drive change.

Over the spring and summer, a long list of individuals was prepared by the HSJ team and via nominations by HSJ readers through the website.  Nominees were asked to meet one of more of the following criteria:

  • Delivering outstanding leadership
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise with others in the sector
  • Acting as a role model/mentor to colleagues
  • Driving innovation in service redesign and/or research
  • At the heart of shaping or influencing policy

A panel of judges, who represented a broad spectrum of opinion, were asked review the long list and add suggestions of their own.

Fifty individuals from all areas of healthcare have made the inaugural list.

The reception was hosted by Alastair McLellan, Editor of HSJ and he said: “It was not enough to be influential.  The judges were clear that they were looking for people who live the values they espouse – the authentic leaders.”

The judges on the panel were as follows:

  • Dr Sam Barrell, chief clinical officer, South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Paul Birley, head of public sector healthcare, Barclays
  • Professor Naomi Chambers, head of health policy and management, Manchester Business School
  • Rosemary Cook, honorary professor, Bucks New University; chief executive officer, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
  • Dame Jacqueline Docherty, chief executive, West Middlesex University Hospital Trust
  • Nicola Hartley, director, Leadership Development, The King’s Fund
  • Dr Nikita Kanani, GP registrar and co-chair, The Network
  • Dr Sara Khan, editor of Medical Women, Medical Women’s Federation
  • Karen Lynas, deputy managing director, NHS Leadership Academy
  • Becky Malby, director, Centre for  Innovation in Health Management
  • Jenni  Middleton, editor, Nursing Times
  • Dr Mark Newbold, chief executive, Heart of England Foundation Trust
  • Professor Wendy Reid, medical director, Health Education England
  • Andrea Sutcliffe, chief executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • Dawn Tame-Battell, assistant director of patient services, Marie Curie

Congratulations to everyone who made the list.

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