Chief exec. of Basildon hospital wins “Inspirational” award

THE Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of the 50 most inspirational women in healthcare.

Clare Panniker was this week included on the Inspirational Women in Healthcare list by Health Service Journal (HSJ), Britain‟s leading health publication.

She received the national accolade following the Trust‟s recent „good‟ grading from the health regulator, and its move out of special measures.

The Inspirational Women in Healthcare awards celebrate senior women who are leading changes in the NHS and making a significant difference to services for patients.

Last month, Basildon University Hospital was taken out of special measures after it received a „good‟ rating from the Care Quality Commission and was the first in the country to be awarded an „outstanding‟ rating for its maternity care.

Services were described as effective, caring, responsive and well-led, with seven out of eight areas rated as good or outstanding.

HSJ judges said she had „taken the organisation‟s worst critics and turned them into advocates‟.

The journal‟s summary said Clare had taken an „innovative approach to change [which] has included inviting patients that have had a bad experience of care at the Trust to come in and train staff‟.

Clare Panniker joined the Trust in September 2012. She was previously Chief Executive at North Middlesex Hospital where she was credited with transforming the organisation‟s performance and culture. A registered nurse with a business degree, she has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. Clare mentors other aspiring NHS leaders, in both clinical and management roles.

Clare said: “Leaders can only succeed if they have a great team. I am fortunate to work with many dedicated staff at Basildon Hospital who are committed to putting patients at the heart of everything we do.”

Ian Luder, Chairman of the Trust, said: “The turnaround at the Trust owes a huge amount to Clare‟s leadership. Her style is consensual, but driven by high performance goals and putting patients first.”

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