Leading innovation

Every year our inspiring and innovative leaders, staff and service teams enter into, and win, a number of highly regarded awards; others are honoured for their contributions to their field of expertise and some gain recognition by taking their careers in new directions – below we highlight some of their most recent achievements:

Tom Cahill, Chief Executive
HSJ Top 50 NHS Chief Executives (2014 & 2016)

The HSJ Top 50 list, which is published annually, recognises health leaders of excellence who demonstrate outstanding leadership and whose contributions and vision stand out in challenging times.

The judges had this to say about Tom, “He has lots of ability and some really innovative services. He has been active on equality and diversity, and a standard bearer for the importance of good mental health services.”

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Dr Oliver Shanley, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Quality & Safety
Awarded an OBE (2016) Nursing Times Most Inspirational Leaders (2015)
Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2016

Dr Shanley was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2016 New Year Honours List for services to mental health and learning disabilities nursing.

Tom Cahill, Chief Executive of HPFT, said, “I am delighted for Oliver. This is an award he thoroughly deserves. His inspirational leadership, outstanding focus on service delivery and sound clinical governance is highly respected both locally and nationally. He leads by example, motivating staff to provide compassionate care of the highest standard. Oliver is passionate about nursing, is supportive of leadership development and celebrates the innovation and dedication nurses show daily in their delivery of care.”

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Nursing Times’ Most Inspirational Leaders 2015

Nominees were judged on the impact of their work on nursing policy, practice or care; their influence on and understanding of how health and social care fit together; the sustainability of their achievement and the extent to which they act as a role model for others.

The judges said, “Oliver led on the safe staffing toolkit for learning disability nursing. He delivered it on time, took everyone with him and came up with something that worked in the real world.”

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HPFT Board

HSJ Board Leadership Award (2014)

In 2014 the HPFT Board saw strong results from the implementation of the ‘Values’ strategy developed with service users, staff, commissioners and others which the HSJ Judges sited for their selection of the Board as the winner - the judges praised a “strong commitment to equality and diversity that is having a real impact on service delivery” as well as “excellent use of feedback”.

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Jinjer Kandola, Executive Director, Workforce & Organisational Development
Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) HR Director of the Year (2015)

The accolade recognises outstanding work in healthcare human resource management and is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellent leadership and an outstanding contribution to the HR profession over the past year. 

Jinjer received the award for her inspirational leadership at HPFT. She has been praised for introducing patient-led values and a behaviour framework, the creation of a new training development centre and a number of staff engagement and recognition events. 

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Dr Jane Padmore, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality Director for Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC)

2016 - Published her first book “The Mental Health Needs of Children and Young People; Guiding you to key issues and practices in CAHMS” Jane was approached to write her own book after a publisher she was working with on another book was impressed with her accessible writing style. The publishing process, which began in April 2014, was rather rigorous. However, Jane persevered successfully through the peer review and feedback from academics. Jane says, “The book offers a practical guide to all of the key issues and practices in mental health care for children and young people and is aimed at students, health and care professionals and partner agencies who work in the child and adolescent mental health service”.

Catherine Pelley, Deputy Director Safer Care and Standards

2016 Queen’s Nurse 

Catherine Pelley, Deputy Director Safer Care and Standards, who has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).The QNI is a registered charity dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in their homes. Achieving the Queen’s Nurse title helps nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to care in the community to make improvements in practice and to act as leaders and role models to others. The title recognises Catherine’s commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Tom Cahill, Chief Executive said, "Congratulations to Catherine for her success, we are all extremely proud of her. The Queens Nurse title is a great recognition of the care and compassion Catherine consistently shows every day." Attaining the title is no mean feat. It involves carrying out project work, showing evidence of professional development and providing feedback from patients and other healthcare professionals. On receiving the title Catherine said, "I am really honoured, the title is great recognition of my experience. The QNI do a fantastic job of raising the profile of community nursing and bringing it the value and credibility it deserves." Catherine is looking forward to accessing the QNI network and support which will enable her to continue partnership working and sharing ideas.

Charmain Newman, Team Leader Older Peoples Service
Winner: 2016 Positive Practice in MH – Unsung Hero Nursing Award
Shortlist: 2016 Nursing Times – Nurse of the Year

Unsung Hero

This is awarded to someone working in health or social care who makes a difference to the lives of people of any age with mental health problems.

Other winners at the Positive Practice in Mental Health award were the HPFT Community Eating Disorders Service who won in the ‘Specialist Services’ category.

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Nurse of the Year

Charmaine was nominated for Nurse of the Year for her work with people with a diagnosis of dementia and for continually looking for opportunities to identify and provide services that are flexible enough to meet patients’ needs. Her work includes being a dementia champion, hosting staff-led dementia challenge focus groups and establishing carer respite days.

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Kunle Ashaye, Consultant,  Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry & Visiting Professor (Hertfordshire) Head of Psychiatric Training (HPFT)
Training Health Education East of England Quality in Education and Training Awards, Educator of the Year (2015)

2015 Health Education East of England Quality in Education and Training Awards, Educator of the Year Shortlisted candidates were invited to the Annual Educators Conference to present and showcase their work. This award came shortly after Dr Ashaye received the Chief Executive award for his exemplary dedication towards training, development, education and research. From both an inter-professional and intra-professional learning perspective, Dr Ashaye exceeds expectation with his enthusiasm and value towards continued professional development. He was nominated for the award by numerous colleagues and students who stated that ‘his dedication is evident by spending long hours after work ensuring all his targets related to training and education are met.’

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Carrie Caitlin, Manager, Single Point of Access (SPA) Service
East of England Leadership Recognition Awards – NHS Development Champion of the Year

Carrie was nominated for the award by her peers who described her as an “enthusiastic manager who encourages team members to develop their professional interests and leadership skills. She is fully committed to continually developing the Single Point of Access service to ensure it meets the changing needs of service users and stakeholders”.

The judges described Carrie as an individual who is “outstanding at promoting development in staff and at the same time ensuring a truly meaningful outcome for patients and service users”.

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