• Tom Cahill from Hertfordshire Partnership University FT wins chief of executive of the year award
  • Praised as an “inspirational leader” by judges
  • Hull CCG and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear FT win other blue ribbon awards

The leader of a mental health and community services trust has been named chief executive of the year at the 2017 HSJ Awards.

Tom Cahill, chief of Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust, won the award at a ceremony in London on Wednesday night.

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Tom Cahill was called an ‘authentic, inspirational leader’

The judges said: “Our winner tonight is an authentic, inspirational leader who put service users and their families at the very centre of his trust’s work. Feedback from staff and the board was universally positive about this chief executive, recognising his empathy and passionate commitment.”

Mr Cahill was also named in HSJ’s Top Chief Executives power list earlier this year and has led the Hertfordshire and West Essex sustainability and transformation partnership since August 2016.

Sir Andrew Cash form Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT was highly commended.

Other big winners included Northumberland, Tyne and Wear FT, which won provider trust of the year, and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, which took CCG of the year

The North East trust is one of only two mental health providers rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

The judges said giving the award to NTW was “a unanimous decision”. They added: “The depth of the embedded strategy within this trust was impressive and a true exemplar of how focusing on evidence based, value driven and safety focused care – complemented with a clear digital strategy –has enabled fantastic performance and a thought leader within the NHS provider community.”

Hull CCG was rated outstanding by NHS England in July. Accountable officer Emma Latimer took on the same role at North Lincolnshire CCG on an interim basis last month.

The judges said: “This team were passionate, energetic and engaging. They have succeeded in engaging local communities and have focused on what matters to people, ensuring they deliver services that really make a difference to patients’ lives.”