10 May 2017

Sheffield hospital staff selected for national leadership programme

Two members of staff at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been selected for a pioneering leadership programme.

Consultant Gynaecologist Fiona Kew and Head of Quality Improvement Steve Harrison are two of just 18 senior health professionals from around the UK to be chosen for the Health Foundation’s GenerationQ fellowships.

The programme has a track record in developing senior leaders who have the skills to improve quality and bring about sustainable change in complex healthcare systems.

Fiona Kew has been a Consultant Gynaecologist in Sheffield for nearly 10 years. She is a specialist in female cancers, including performing keyhole and robotic surgery. She is also the lead clinician for the Trust’s ongoing ‘Seamless Surgery’ improvement work aimed at providing the best possible care and experience for all surgical patients

She said: “I am thrilled to have been selected for this prestigious programme. I look forward to bringing what I learn back to Sheffield to improve services for local people.”

Steve Harrison has worked at the Trust for the past nine years as part of the Service Improvement team. He introduced the microsystem coaching approach to STH and led the creation of the Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy (MCA), which has trained more than 170 people to lead service improvement work.

He said: “Generation Q provides a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and learn from other leaders across the NHS, ultimately with the goal of delivering improvements to patient care.”

Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation, said: “GenerationQ equips those wanting to improve frontline care with a wide range of tools for leading improvement.

“These skills are needed now more than ever because of the challenge on health care to transform at pace over the next few years.”


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