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Herts Valleys CCG in line for three national awards


Chief Executive of Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, Kathryn Magson, has been shortlisted for a national award – one of three the CCG is in the running for

Kathryn is a finalist in the ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ category for the annual Health Service Journal awards. She was nominated by staff, GPs and patients for her leadership of the CCG which recently rose in national NHS England rankings to be rated as ‘good’.

Speaking about being named as a finalist Kathryn said: “I am overwhelmed by the positive feedback that was submitted by the organisation but this external endorsement is really a testament to the staff, GPs and patient representatives who have worked tirelessly to bring about the improvements in performance and services that we all want for our patients.”

Nicolas Small, chair of Herts Valleys CCG board who supported Kathryn’s nomination said: “Kathryn is a truly inspiring leader. From day one she has shown tremendous drive and commitment to bringing about the necessary changes so that CCG is now performing well and is fit for the future.

“As well as working extremely hard she is always ready to offer colleagues support, guidance and advice and is able to get the best out of people. She has galvanised the whole organisation behind our improvement agenda, leading from the front and never shying away from difficult decisions. Here again she shows huge compassion for people who are impacted by changes to services. She has also been successful in forging good relationships with other organisations.”

John Wigley, patient representative to the board said: “From the patient point of view Kathryn is very approachable and takes an interest not only in the overall patient engagement process, but also in patient issues on a more personal basis. The experience, enthusiasm and direction she has brought to the CCG has helped patients to feel that there is a real place within the organisation for the patient voice to be heard.”

All finalists will now present their submissions to a judging panel of senior and influential figures from the healthcare sector in October, with the winners announced at a ceremony in London on 21 November.

Kathryn adds: “I’m honoured to be shortlisted for this award alongside some excellent chief executives. Being one of just seven finalists is a great achievement and I hope to do my colleagues and our patients proud in the next round of judging.”

In addition to being a finalist in the Chief Executive of the Year category, Herts Valleys CCG is shortlisted in two other categories where it is delivering services in partnership with others.

An integrated approach between the CCG and Central London Community Healthcare, to improve home oxygen services has been shortlisted in the ‘Optimisation of Medicines Management’ category.

The Herts and West Essex STP carers' partnership has been shortlisted in the ‘System Led Support for Carers’ category. The submission, led by Herts Valleys CCG, highlights partnership work across Hertfordshire and west Essex to identify carers who are looking after friends and family under the radar of health and social services and put them in contact with the support and advice they need.