The Health Foundation champions sixteen future leaders of the NHS

The Health Foundation announces today that 16 talented healthcare professionals have been selected to receive its prestigious Leadership Fellows award.  All 16 award winners are viewed by The Health Foundation as having the potential to become future leaders of the NHS and make major improvements to the quality of patient care in the UK.

The 16 Leadership Fellows come from a wide variety of backgrounds within the health service and include managers, nurses and hospital doctors.  All award winners will receive two years of high quality personalised coaching by experienced leadership development consultants.  They will also participate in a series of structured seminars and workshops and have the unique opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals.

Sir Ian Carruthers OBE, Chief Executive of the South West Strategic Health Authority and Patron of the Leadership Fellows award scheme said, "The future of our health service relies on the investment we make today in developing effective, confident and inspirational leaders of tomorrow.  The Health Foundation, through its Leadership Fellows award scheme, is making a vital contribution to this.  All 16 Leadership Fellows are skilled, motivated professionals who have displayed impressive leadership potential and a dedication to improving the quality of service delivered to patients.  I am sure they will benefit from this excellent award scheme."

Jan Walmsley, Assistant Director at The Health Foundation commented, "This is the third round of our Leadership Fellows award scheme and we are delighted, once again, to be able to offer our support to another 16 exceptionally talented healthcare professionals.  I am confident that our award winners have both the ability and the ambition to become leading figures in improving the quality of healthcare across the UK."

For more information about The Health Foundation Leadership Fellows award scheme and award winners visit the Foundation's website at www.health.org.uk <http://www.health.org.uk>

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Jo Parish
The Health Foundation Press Office
Direct: 020 7257 8017
Out of hours: 07921 700 356
Email: pressoffice@health.org.uk <mailto:pressoffice@health.org.uk>

Notes to Editors

Award winner biographies
To read the biographies of the 16 individual award winners, visit:
<http://www.health.org.uk/mediaroom/notestoeditors/index.cfm?id=97&archive=true>

About The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation wants to make the quality of healthcare in the UK the best it can be. Working with others, we are helping to shape a future healthcare system that offers safe, effective and responsive care for all. We are a charitable foundation and operate independently from government, political parties or other interest groups. Our endowment enables us to spend at least £20 million annually. We seek out the best people in healthcare and support them to learn and share with others. Through projects, research and evaluation studies we test and measure new ways of improving health services for the future. We seek to influence healthcare decision-makers so that we achieve sustainable and widespread improvements in the quality of patient care.

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