9th April 2015 – Airedale Hospital’s chief executive is judged to be amongst top NHS leaders

Posted on April 9, 2015 by AireAdmin

Airedale Hospital’s chief executive has been judged to be one of the top NHS leaders in the country.

Bridget Fletcher, has been named one of the top 50 NHS Chief Executives across England by a health sector news publication.

She is among an elite group of NHS leaders who were judged outstanding against five criteria: impact, communications, patient focus, engagement and mentorship by the Health Service Journal.

Michael Luger, chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Having worked with Bridger now for nine months I can verify how well-deserved this honour is.”

Bridget Fletcher, said: “Naturally I am really pleased and honoured to be recognised in this way. It was totally unexpected and I feel it is a reflection on the whole of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust rather than just its chief executive.”

Amongst the judges were: Sir Bruce Keogh national medical director, NHS England; Dr Maureen Baker, chair Royal College of General Practitioners; Gill Bellord, director of employment relations and reward NHS Employers; and Peter Carter chief executive and general secretary, Royal College of Nursing.

The idea behind the initiative was to celebrate the success of those who have shown outstanding leadership and commitment to their organisations. The judges looked at the financial and care quality performance of the organisations but also to acknowledge individuals ‘who are really going above and beyond, whose efforts, skills and focus set them apart.”

The HSJ supplement, 27 March 2015, stated:

Bridget Fletcher is described as an “old fashioned [in a good way] CEO, doing sensible things well” who leads beyond her organisational boundaries and has real impact. She leads a small trust that provides both acute and community services, and is often seen as a trailblazer for innovation, especially around using telehealth to monitor patients in their homes. A former chief nurse, she has been in the post for five years and has seen the trust complete a major redevelopment of its A&E department as well as getting a positive CQC report. Nearly three quarters of the staff would recommend it for care.