HSJ’s Rising Stars are the leaders of tomorrow, but to some extent they are already leaders today, writes Adele Waters

Just as it has become traditional to end HSJ’s year with the HSJ100, so it already feels traditional to begin the year with the presentation of our Rising Stars.

Adele Waters

Adele Waters

There can surely be no better time to look to the future, and so we are pleased to present our second collection of individuals we feel are likely to be the healthcare leaders of tomorrow.

That is not to say that they are not making a difference today.

Already today’s leaders

What is significant about this group of individuals is that they are already having an impact. Some are students, many newly qualified, yet all are taking a lead in improving care for patients right now.

They may be the leaders of tomorrow, but to some extent they are already leaders today.

‘One word to sum up this group might be collaboration which speaks strongly to the forward view vision’

To read about these people is to get a sense of a new generation; one determined to break down boundaries and challenge the traditional ways of doing things.

The clinicians in this group are refusing to believe that they should be separated from management - or, indeed, that management should be separated from them. Patients are speaking loudly and proudly, determined for their voices to be heard.

All are keen to share their knowledge and to encourage others.

Inspirational collaboration

If you had to pick one word to sum up this group, it might be collaboration. It is a word that speaks strongly to the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View, which in the coming months politicians will vie over the chance to implement.

Above all, these people are inspiring.

‘Above all, these people are inspiring’

As you shake off the post-Christmas funk and contemplate the year ahead - an uncertain one, to be sure, with the general election looming - we hope our Rising Stars give you optimism and encouragement.

My sense is that if these are the leaders of tomorrow, then the NHS is going to be in good hands.

Adele Waters is the executive editor of HSJ