opinion : Our weekly guide to healthcare's most influential people No 48

Name: Sue Jennings Job: Chief executive, Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals trust; chief executive, Dartford and Gravesham trust Style: In two places at once.Ms Jennings, management team in tow, will be running two trusts for the next six months in what looks like an early run-out for franchising.Her home trust, Basildon, is the twinkly three-star outfit; Dartford the starless zone.Ms Jennings had barely returned to Essex after an 18-month secondment to head the National Patient Access Team when she was off again for a challenge so 'exciting', she didn't even wait to find out what she would be paid.Has a CBE to show for services to the NHS, though.Keen to distance NPAT from the 'hit squad' image, she'll need the same diplomacy at Dartford.

Does cryptic crosswords to unwind.

Background: Joined the NHS straight from school and trained as a nurse at her local hospital in Romford, Essex, rising to ward sister, then nurse manager.Was one of eight nurses selected from a national competition for an intensive management programme in 1985.Became hospital manager and director of nursing services at St Andrew's Hospital, Billericay, in 1986, then unit general manager (acute services) at Basildon and Thurrock HA in 1989.Led the unit to trust status in 1991, becoming chief exec - no Essex girl stereotypes here - in 1992.

Future prospects: Says: 'This is definitely my last challenge, 'but admits: 'I did say that with NPAT. . .'

So do not bet against future franchises.But first she must bring starlight to Dartford - and sort out 'long-standing delays' in patient access to Basildon's A&E identified by the Commission for Health Improvement.What was the 'PA' in NPAT for, again?