Torbay health workers win regional leadership awards

Left photo: Jane Wilkinson (winner). Right photo: Emma Baker (finalist), centre.
Left photo: Jane Wilkinson (winner). Right photo: Emma Baker (finalist), centre.

Published: 23 November 2016

Two local healthcare workers have been recognised as inspirational leaders at the annual NHS South West Leadership Recognition Awards.

The awards ceremony, held in Bristol on Friday 11 November, celebrates leaders at all levels and across all professions, regardless of position or level of professional qualification – just those who have ultimately improved people’s health and the public’s experience of health and social care, and who we are truly proud to work alongside.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) is delighted to that three of its employees were announced as finalists for the awards, with two of those going on to be declared the overall winners of the category.

Jane Wilkinson (Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children at TSDFT) and Steve Smith (Consultant Haematologist at TSDFT) fought off stiff competition to be announced as joint winners of the ‘inspirational leader’ category.

The Inspirational Leader award recognises an individual or team who inspire others to achieve great things. They place quality at the heart of everything they do; they are innovative and value their partners while actively mentoring the next generation of NHS leaders.

Jane Wilkinson’s nomination described her as “…a strong advocate for children and young people and takes every opportunity to ensure their needs are central to strategic discussions both within the Trust and across the system.”

Steve Smith’s nomination said: “As a haematologist, former Medical Director and former Director of Patient Safety, Dr Smith has always had patient safety and delivery of quality care at the forefront of his service delivery and improvement mission.”

In additional to Jane and Steve’s win, Emma Baker (Community Nurse Manager, Moorland Community Nursing Team at TSDFT) was also announced as a finalist in the ‘living the values’ award. This award recognises those who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the NHS and health and social care values in their daily role.

Whilst Emma was pipped to the post in this category, Emma’s nomination described her as “…showing real empathy and care for our nursing team and our patients.”

Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “My sincere congratulations go to Jane, Steve and Emma on their achievements at the NHS South West Leadership Recognition Awards; they fully deserve the recognition of these awards.

“It is testament to the excellent work being undertaken by each of them to support a culture that encourages their colleagues to constantly strive to learn and improve the experience of care for individuals, whether they are in one of our hospitals or in the community.

“We are very lucky as an organisation to be surrounded by many inspirational people, and I am delighted that these three colleagues have been recognised for their achievements and their commitment to patients, service users and true health and social care values.”

The awards ceremony was hosted by Christina Quinn (Director NHS South West Leadership Academy) and Ann James (Chair of NHS South West Leadership Academy).

The NHS Leadership Academy was established on 1 April 2012 to develop outstanding leadership in health in a consistent, systematic manner to ensure there is sufficient scale and pace to deliver the leadership required for the transition and to lead the new system within a tough financial regime requiring high levels of innovation, engagement and devolution.

Further information about the awards and the NHS Leadership Academy, can be found here: