NHS Trust chief 'an outstanding leader'


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A CHESHIRE NHS chief executive has been named as “an outstanding leader” in a respected publication.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust’s (CWP) chief executive Sheena Cumiskey has been recognised as an outstanding leader of NHS provider organisations by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), one of only five chief executives named from across the North West.

The HSJ top chief executives 2014 list, published for the first time this week, acknowledged Ms Cumiskey for always acting with the utmost integrity, to develop those she works with, and to have a passion for leadership.

She said: “My main objective as a chief executive is to improve the lives of the people we serve.

“As a Trust, we can only do this by ensuring we work in partnership with our service users and staff, to enable everyone to be the best that they can be.

“I am delighted to have been recognised by the HSJ, particularly as it was based around one key question in the recent NHS staff survey: the percentage of staff who would be happy for a friend or family member to be treated at the organisation at which they work.

“If our staff think we’re doing a good job, then I know we’re making positive strides in the right direction.

“Our staff are our most important asset in supporting individuals to reach their potential.

“By supporting all employees, they in turn are able to give their best to the people we serve.

“I am very proud of our organisation and of the NHS as a whole.

“The NHS is driven by the common purpose of reducing health inequalities and improving people’s lives by providing care in the broadest sense, free at the point of delivery and not being driven by profit.

“As NHS staff, we work for potentially the most vibrant social enterprise, where care is based on doing the best for people in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

The independent judging panel included Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England medical director and Chris Hopson, chief executive at the Foundation Trust Network.

Ms Cumiskey has 30 years’ experience in the NHS. She is chairman of the North West Leadership Academy, a member of the National Leadership Academy Programme Board, a member of Health Education North West Board and a member of Academic Health Science Network North West Coast Board.

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