Celebrating leading women on International Woman’s Day

Celebrating leading women on International Woman’s Day

Celebrating leading women on International Woman’s Day

Today marks International Woman’s Day, a day to recognise achievements and to promote a more inclusive, gender equal world.

On 1 March, NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group celebrated female innovation and leadership as two of our female healthcare leaders were jointly recognised at the NHS Kent, Surrey & Sussex Leadership and Innovation Awards in Brighton. The NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative help to support health professionals to access national leadership programmes and their regional yearly awards celebrate outstanding achievements in this field. 

Our Clinical Chair at Surrey Downs CCG, Dr Claire Fuller and Lorna Hart, Deputy Director of Urgent Care and Integration, were equally awarded for their work in the ‘Leading and Developing People’ category.  Both women are influential figures at Surrey Downs CCG and champion a positive working culture, ensuring that staff and stakeholders can participate in all areas of work.

Over the last year, Claire has been instrumental in embedding clinical leadership within the CCG so that we not only seek clinical feedback, but actively encourage clinicians to develop their skills and become confident to step forward as leaders of the future. This has not only enhanced the CCG’s clinical focus, but has also facilitated closer working right across the organisation at all levels.

Claire is proud to champion the role of women in clinical leadership. This year she was asked to contribute to the document entitled: Lessons in leadership from women clinical commissioners: Practical guidance to support the next generation of women clinical leaders.  Developed as a briefing from NHS Clinical Commissioners, this new case for change gave practical guidance on the steps CCGs need to take to increase the representation of women in senior leadership roles.

Lorna was awarded in this category because she prioritises staff engagement at every level. During her time as Head of Continuing Healthcare, Lorna employed the same methodology with staff engagement which was reflected by 100% staff satisfaction in terms of relationships with the higher management team during her time in this role.

Encouraging collaborative working is undoubtedly one of Lorna’s key strengths and since leading the Urgent Care and Integration team, collaborative decision making and openness has remained a primary consideration irrespective of the complexity or magnitude of the decision in question.

Speaking about their successes, Dr Claire Fuller said: “We are hugely proud to be awarded leadership recognition at the KSS Awards this year.  As an organisation we encourage learning opportunities for members of staff and promote collaborative working in everything we do. To be recognised regionally alongside other fantastic finalists is a real honour. In light of the awards, we will continue to share, learn and grow with our healthcare colleagues”. 

For more information about the finalists at the KSS Leadership and Innovation Awards 2017, please visit their website: www.kssleadership.nhs.uk/summit-and-awards

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