My job

As a manager, I’m still a nurse first and foremost

Chief executive Katie Fisher took a role outside the NHS ‘where I could make a difference’

Although she’s been a senior manager in large organisations for several years, Katie Fisher often puts on a healthcare assistant’s uniform and works a shift.

‘In every job I’ve ever done, I’ve retained an element of clinical work,’ says Ms Fisher, who qualified as a nurse in 1996 at Kingston University. ‘It’s really important for me. The further I get from a direct patient interface, the less happy I become.’

‘The very best we can be’

In June, Ms Fisher was appointed as the new chief executive of St Andrew’s Healthcare, a charity providing highly specialised secure care for patients with multiple mental health conditions, referred by either the NHS or the prison service.

The charity cares for more than 800 people across four sites, with most living in its main hospital in Northampton.

‘Throughout my career, everything has


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