Thursday, 26 October 2017

Farewell & thank you Peter... & a very warm welcome to Nottingham, Tracy

Tomorrow, Nottingham and NUH says goodbye to one of the NHS's finest leaders, Peter Homa. Thank you to Peter for all he has done over the last 11 years at NUH to improve clinical outcomes, patient and staff experience at NUH. Peter has left a lasting legacy. His achievements are considerable, and include achieving a CQC 'good' rating for NUH (and 'outstanding' for leadership), the Trust becoming the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, Biomedical Research Unit and Centre status for Nottingham, as well as positioning the Trust as a leader in openness and transparency.

Last week’s news that the NHS is to continue benefitting from Peter's experience as the first Chair of the NHS Leadership Academy is great news. A superb appointment of a superb leader. Best of luck for the future Peter, and one final thank you for all you have done to improve care for patients in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and across the NHS over the last 37 years. Happy retirement!

I look forward to the future and what it holds. There are strong foundations in place on which NUH must now build. We welcome Tracy to NUH on Monday, when she takes over officially as the Trust's new Chief Executive. And what an appointment Tracy is. She joins NUH with a strong track record of success, bringing 30 years’ experience as an NHS leader and having begun her career as a nurse. Importantly, Tracy brings to Nottingham experience of working in and leading in complex health and social care systems, which will prove invaluable as we seek to strengthen NUH’s contribution to the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and our long-term partnership with a Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 


Over the coming months, Tracy will more intimately get to know NUH and its staff and the health and social care system. The Board will soon publish its new 5-year strategy which will sets out our priorities in the years to come.    

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Be brave, go with your instinct and do what’s right for patients

Over 400 members of ‘TeamNUH’ have attended our first ever leaders’ conference over the last week.

These two days marked the start of a new leadership development journey that the Board has agreed to invest in, such is the importance of this work.

And what a treat those who attended had, with superb speakers that I hope enthused, inspired and helped us to reflect on how we become even better leaders moving forward.

Every single one of our 15,000 members of staff can be a leader. It’s our job to support colleagues to fulfil their potential, no matter what their ambition. It’s also our job to be there for our staff; to support them; to listen curiously (as Michael West reminded us) and to develop talent.
Many congratulations to Charlotte Madgwick, Leanne Marshall, Julie McCarthy, Michael McLean, Mark Lyons on being shortlisted in the Leader of the Year category for this year’s NUHonours Awards. It’s great to see colleagues from across NUH - in clinical and non-clinical roles - being recognised for their outstanding leadership.
The conference was also symbolically important, with our present leader, Peter Homa, passing on the leadership baton to Tracy Taylor and our other 15,000 staff. Thank you to Peter for all he has done over the last 11 years, and 27 years in the NHS – he is one of the great NHS leaders, and it was great to hear Peter’s reflections on leadership at the conference. And now, looking to the future, Tracy will take us on a journey of further improvement, bringing with her some 32 years’ of NHS experience.

My message was clear at the conference – I want our leaders to be brave, go with their instinct and do what’s right for patients. I’m sure there were lots of different ‘take home’ messages for those who attended.

What a start the conference has been for our leadership journey. There is much more to follow, as a new leadership development programme is finalised. Feedback any ideas to our Director of HR, Nicky Hill (nicky.hill@nuh.nhs.uk).


For those who were not able to attend the conference and are interested in hearing the presentations, you will soon be able to download the videos via the intranet. We’ll include the link in a forthcoming Trust Briefing. Your managers will share the key messages from the conference with you too.

Farewell & thank you Peter... & a very warm welcome to Nottingham, Tracy

Tomorrow, Nottingham and NUH says goodbye to one of the NHS's finest leaders, Peter Homa. Thank you to Peter for all he has done over ...