Leader of Northamptonshire’s mental health service, which was rated ‘requires improvement’, listed for ‘best NHS boss’ award after staff praise

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The boss of the NHS trust that runs Berrywood Hospital in Northampton has been shortlisted for a top award.

Angela Hillery, from NHS Northamptonshire Healthcare, has been shortlisted for the title of Health Service Journal’s CEO of the Year after staff feedback that inspectors received in February.

The report, published three weeks ago, rated the the trust as ‘requires improvement’ - the second-worst rating - overall, with the same rating for a third of the trust’s services.

The trust’s chairman, Paul Bertin said: “We’re delighted that Angela has been shortlisted for this award.

“Her initial nomination was put forward based on the positive feedback from our staff on her leadership, particularly following our visit from the CQC.

“We would like to wish her the best of luck on the next stage of the process.”

The CEO of the Year category looks for evidence of excellent leadership and people management skills, staff engagement, enabling an open culture where staff feel valued and respected as well as dedication to collaborative working and commitment to improving patient experience.

Ms Hillery will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector.

She said: ‘I am delighted and humbled by my nomination to be CEO of the year. It’s a reflection of how far we we’ve come, not just for me, but the trust as a whole.

“There is still lots to do. NHFT is on a journey of continuous development and improvement. Our recent CQC inspection highlighted the areas where we are providing excellent care and areas where we need to make changes.

“My role is to ensure we continue to provide quality care while managing the challenges faced by the wider NHS and our local community.”

-More than a third of the services from NHS Northamptonshire Healthcare - which runs Berrywood Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital - were rated ‘requires improvement’ by CQC inspectors, including forensic and community children’s services.

-The rest were mostly ‘good’ with a handful of ‘outstanding’.

-Although both patient care and leadership scored ‘good’ - and the CQC found no patients were placed in danger -the overall score rating was ‘requires improvement’.

-The report says: “We found a great deal that the trust can be proud of. Caring was consistently of a good standard and we found staff to be dedicated and kind.

Patients were treated with dignity and respect.”

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