Bucks pair shortlisted for NHS leadership awards

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Staff from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have been nominated for this year’s leadership awards for the Thames Valley & Wessex area.

Critical care consultant nurse Jennifer Ricketts has been shortlisted for the NHS quality champion/innovator of the year award while project manager Kirk Vian has been nominated for the NHS leadership development champion of the year award.

Mrs Ricketts has been nominated for her work on a patient hydration project which has contributed to a significant reduction in the length of stay in hospital for patients on the pilot.

She said: “I am surprised and delighted to be shortlisted for this award. However it’s been a team effort and this nomination is for my team as well.”

Mr Vian, who began his role as project manager for a quality improvement and cultural change programme in April 2012, recommends the NHS graduate management scheme to new graduates wishing to work in healthcare.

He said: “I am flattered and humbled to be nominated for a leadership award as I feel I’m just doing my job in supporting delivery of the best possible care for our patients.

“Improvements we have made in patient care are due to the dedication and devotion of the clinical teams I have had the fortune to work with across the county.”

The awards ceremony, organised by the Thames Valley & Wessex NHS leadership academy, will take place at the De Vere Wokefield Park hotel in Reading on Friday 8 November with winners announced at 1.30pm.