Derriford's new boss in running for top award
DERRIFORD Hospital's new boss is in the running to be named the NHS' best leader.
Ann James (pictured right), chief executive of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, has been shortlisted for the 'NHS Leader of the Year' award.
She will find out whether she has topped the list at the NHS Leadership Recognition Awards, run by the NHS Leadership Academy, in December.
Ms James became Derriford Hospital's chief executive in September. She was previously chief executive of the cluster of NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay primary care trusts for two and a half years.
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Ms James was nominated for the award by colleagues from the cluster for her "exceptional" leadership.
She said: "I was very touched to learn I had been shortlisted for the award of NHS Leader of the Year. It was an honour to be nominated."
Richard Crompton, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust chair, added: "I am absolutely delighted for Ann. To be nominated for this prestigious award is testament to her superb leadership qualities; we are fortunate indeed to have her as our chief executive."
In her nomination, colleagues wrote: "Ann James is a leader of renown, popular with staff, patients, public and partners alike.
"Her calm manner and seeming lightness of touch belies a hard-wired determination never to forget why she joined the NHS, or the privilege with which her position now affords to put patients first."
Dr Sam Barrell, chief clinical officer for South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "I am delighted that Ann has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. Her leadership at NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay was outstanding and highly respected, she truly deserves the recognition that she is receiving."
Steve Moore, NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay chief executive, said: "I am so pleased that Ann has been recognised as the exceptional leader that she is. Her years at the PCT will be remembered for the improvements that she led but also for the way she relates to and listens to people. She has always put patients and staff first, and that's why I believe she deserves this award."
The awards ceremony will take place on December 10 at Great Hall at Barts in London.