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Chief Execs recognised as outstanding leaders by HSJ

The chief executives at our three partner NHS Foundation Trusts – Ron Kerr at Guy’s and St Thomas’, Tim Smart at King’s College Hospital, and Matthew Patrick at South London and Maudsley – all made the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ)  first ‘Top 50 Chief Executives’ list, published on Wednesday 26 March.

The HSJ launched its Top 50 Chief Executives for the first time this year. It aims to identify leaders whose personal skills and abilities make them outstanding. The list highlights the following attributes of our partner trust chief executives:

Ron Kerr - Guy’s and St Thomas’

Running one of the biggest organisations in the NHS, Ron is held in high esteem by his peers. Judges were impressed by his mentorship of those both inside and outside the trust. He is praised too for his contribution to Innovation, health and wealth, and the impressive work done to link into the local community.

Matthew Patrick - South London and Maudsley

A former psychiatrist at the hospitals he now leads a chief executive, Matthew is described as using his clinical skills brilliantly as a leader. Having been in post since October 2013, he has made an impressive start at SLaM and across King’s Health Partners.

Tim Smart - King’s College Hospital

Tim was praised for his fresh perspective on NHS leadership and his role in developing King’s Health Partners. His leadership in the Trust’s recent acquisition of the Princess Royal University Hospital is also noted. According to the staff survey, 78 per cent of people who work at King’s would be happy for a friend or relative to be treated there.

Alastair McLellan, Editor of the HSJ, said: “Times are tough for NHS trusts so there is no better time to celebrate the best NHS trust chief executives. There is perhaps no better time, then, to present our first celebration of those doing an exceptional job of steering these organisations. It is a mission which surely at times appears thankless – political sensitivities abound, as does the pressing target to deliver outstanding care at reduced cost.”

To create the list, an expert panel considered nominees against the following criteria:

Impact: How great an impact has the individual’s leadership had?

Communication: To what extent is the individual a strong communicator?

Patient focus: To what extent has the individual created an organisation focused on patients?

Engagement: Has the individual shown commitment to engaging with his or her workforce?

Mentorship: Is the individual recognised as a mentor of other leaders and colleagues?

The story was originally published in the King's Health Partners Staff e-bulletin