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Barts Health boss named in top NHS chief executive list

20 February 2017

Alwen Williams - High Res

Barts Health NHS Trust boss Alwen Williams has been named as one of the nation’s top NHS chief executives.

The prestigious list of the top 50 NHS chief executives, which was recently compiled by the Health Service Journal, names Ms Williams as a ‘standout’ inclusion who is ‘making a good fist’ of the job.

Alwen Williams, who took on the role at the country’s biggest NHS Trust in 2015, has steered Barts Health to improved CQC reports at The Royal London and Whipps Cross Hospitals.

Under her leadership significant progress was cited in a number of areas at both hospitals, with quality ratings increasing in 28 indicators. The Royal London Hospital also improved from an overall rating of ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’.

In response the CEO sent a message to staff via Twitter: 'A privilege to be CEO @NHSBartsHealth. Great to work with a great team & talented staff. Many thx for your support.'

Claire Dow, consultant at The Royal London Hospital, said: “Our Trust is clearly making progress under Alwen’s leadership and I am delighted to see that her hard-work is being recognised. Her work over the past months has been good for The Royal London and good for east London as a whole.”

Lucy Cosgrove, dementia clinical nurse specialist at Whipps Cross Hospital, said: “It has been a challenging number of months, but thanks to Alwen’s leadership, there is an energy and determined spirit around our hospital. I have no doubt further progress will be made at Whipps Cross.”

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With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. The Trust’s five hospitals – St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, including the Barts Heart Centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone and Mile End – deliver high quality compassionate care to the 2.5 million people of East London and beyond.


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