As two East Midlands trusts embark on the process to appoint their next Medical Directors, Chief Executive Angela Hillery explains how these posts will help propel forward the medical agenda to meet the changing needs of the trusts and their systems

Angela has worked within the NHS for over 31 years and has held a variety of leadership positions during this time. Angela has a clinical background as a speech and language therapist.

In 2017 and 2018 Angela was listed in the HSJ Top 50 CEOs and in 2015 was a finalist for Chief Executive of the Year at the HSJ Awards. Angela’s ethos is in her commitment to upholding values and developing compassionate cultures for those we care for and work with.

In 2018 and 2019 under Angela’s leadership, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust achieved an overall rating of “outstanding” from the Care Quality Commission and also won the 2018 HSJ Trust of the Year Award.

Angela held the lead role for the Northamptonshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, before more recently being appointed as chief executive of NHFT’s “buddy” trust, Leicestershire Partnership Trust. Angela now holds a combined role as chief executive of both organisations.

Why these jobs?

Strong and authentic clinical leadership is fundamental to delivering the transformation outlined in the NHS long-term plan and these are both excellent opportunities to play leading roles in driving this transformation. A key element of both appointments will be to lead and drive forward the medical and dental agenda to meet the changing needs of the trusts and the NHS. As a full voting board member, they will also have the opportunity to work with other board colleagues in determining and delivering the trust’s strategic plans.

Why these organisations?

Both trusts offer differing but equally exciting and challenging opportunities. NHFT is a high performing trust with a well established board. We are rated as “outstanding” by the CQC and have received recognition in a number of areas, including winning the HSJ’s Trust of the Year award.

At LPT we are on a very solid journey of improvement to address the areas highlighted by the CQC and have taken steps to do this. Since taking over as chief executive at LPT, I have been enthused and encouraged to see such highly skilled and committed colleagues.

At LPT we have not yet reached our destination but through our new trust strategy ‘Step up to Great’, we have laid the foundations which will allow us to deliver the high standards of care to which we all aspire to, and which our population deserves. We have also been learning together and there are significant mutual benefits for both trusts in this.

How will these roles advance your careers?

Both posts will provide candidates with a fantastic opportunity to play a highly strategic role within an NHS trust and also an important and influential leadership role across a wider health and care system. You will be leading major transformational and cultural change at an exciting and pivotal time for the NHS, delivering improved health and wellbeing outcomes for our populations.

For more information about the role of executive medical director at Leicestershire Partnership Trust click here

For more information about the role of executive medical director at Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust click here