The right stuff: nurses who become chief executives

Some of the NHS’s most successful chief executives have a nursing background. And no wonder – many of the attributes required are second nature to senior nurses.
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Some of the NHS’s most successful chief executives have a nursing background. And no wonder – many of the attributes required are second nature to senior nurses

When Helen Greatorex took up her new job as chief executive of Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, one of her first acts was to concentrate on out-of-area placements for mental health patients.

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At the time – early June – the trust had 76 patients in beds outside the area, costing £1 million a month. By late July, this had fallen to 43, with a target of no more than 15 by the autumn. The trust’s finances will feel the benefit – but so will patients and their families, who will no longer face long journeys.

It is that sort of patient focus Ms Greatorex believes nurses can bring


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