Rising star

HSJ Awards 2016: Rising star

Dr Laura Neilson - Hope Citadel Healthcare CIC

Dr Laura Neilson set up Hope Citadel Healthcare CIC from scratch at the age of 27 – and seven years later employs 80 people across four practices.

She has been credited with innovation of a ‘focused care’ model to increase visibility of patients from vulnerable households, reducing accident and emergency department visits.

Judges were impressed by her “inspirational” style.


  • Craig Newman - Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Felicity Guest - NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG
  • Henry Wilding - Salisbury Foundation Trust
  • Jane Pollock - George Eliot Hospital Trust
  • Jane Runnacles - Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Kim Britton - NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG
  • Mahiben Maruthappu - NHS England
  • Priya Kumar - Kumar Medical Centre, NHS Slough CCG and North Middlesex University Hospital Trust
  • Tim Lang - County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
  • Waheed Arian (Highly commended) - Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust
  • William Wynn-Jones - HCA Healthcare UK