16 Mar 2018, 9:57 a.m.

Our Chief Executive has been named one of the top 50 CEOs in the NHS in The Health Service Journal.

Deborah Lee, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) has been named one of the top 50 CEOs in the NHS, in a prestigious industry ranking. The Health Service Journal’s fifth year of ranking of all 249 provider trust chief executives is notable not only for women taking the top three places, but also for the rise of mental health chief executives.

Deborah was recognised by a panel of independent experts for her contribution to patient care through her organisational leadership and forward looking vision at a time of rapid change, ambiguity and complexity.

The judges were asked to assess three criteria: leadership style and personal example, the performance of the organisation and the contribution to the wider health system.

In recognising the part that leadership plays in shaping and providing patient care today and in the future, the panel acknowledged that despite working in a complex environment with significant pressures currently, the top 50 CEOs were embracing and addressing these challenges in their own organisations and health systems.

Deborah Lee took up post as Chief Executive of GHNHSFT in June 2016 and during that period has steered the Trust through a number of significant challenges and overseen some significant improvements including the Trust achieving the 4 hour A&E performance standard for the first time in more than four years and further improving the Trust’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating with more than 70% of the Trust’s services rated good or outstanding.

Peter Lachecki, Chair of the Trust said “I am delighted that Deborah has been recognised in this way. We are very fortunate to have someone with Deborah’s experience and skills leading the organisation. However, it is her passion for staff and patients alongside her unrelenting determination to do the very best for Gloucestershire that sets her apart”

“Deborah would also be the first to acknowledge, that she could not achieve in her role if it were not for the willingness of staff to embrace her vision and work alongside her – regularly going above and beyond the call of duty. We are very lucky to have the calibre of leaders and staff in our organisation and I am confident that we will continue to address the many challenges that face us now and in the future.”

The full list of the HSJ’s top 50 NHS Chief Executives can be found here (subscription required): https://guides.hsj.co.uk/5704.guide