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Healthcare: Leadership Development Event

31 March 2017

Judith Adams shares her leadership journey with Nottingham University Hospital staff

Experienced NHS leader Judith Adams was the guest speaker at our Leadership Development Event earlier this month, hosted at the QMC University Hospital in Nottingham. More than 30 managers attended the session to hear Judith’s managerial journey from a nurse to the executive board.

Judith currently works with the executive team at Salford Royal Hospital and has responsibility for the Pennine Improvement and Transformation Plan. Prior to this, she worked as a nurse in London and New Zealand and went on to become the manager of St Bart’s Hospital’s intensive care unit.

She has also held senior roles across the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Broadgreen Hospital and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer at Alder Hey hospital until 2016.

Drawing on her impressive 30-year career within the NHS, Judith discussed the hard decisions that a promotion to management can bring. She stressed the need to identify what drives you personally and why you enjoy your job, to become a better leader.

Judith spoke about her first role at Salford Royal Hospital, implementing the ‘Quality Improvement’ plan, highlighting the essential components of leadership visibility, respecting expertise and teamwork. Of her time at Alder Hey Judith encouraged managers to harness the ideas that patients have and the lessons you learn from being part of the board.

Also discussed was her current role implementing the Penine Improvement and Transformation plan at Salford Royal amid heightened media and political scrutiny, following a critical Care Quality Commission report. She discussed the role of leadership teams within this and how they must be committed to one another and have a long-term dedication to improvement.

The speech concluded with Judith offering her top tips for great leadership including talking to both patients and staff, building good teams but also being a good teammate, thinking about influence not hierarchy and achievements not size, continuously learning and finally – taking time out to focus on yourself.

The talk was followed by a lively Q&A session.

Sarah Lovell, Healthcare Partner at Odgers Interim, comments: “Being a leader in the NHS is both challenging but extremely rewarding. It was fascinating to hear Judith’s experiences of working her way up the management ladder, dealing with pressure and delivering complex change across such large organisations. We’ve had great responses from attendees, who found hearing from someone who understands the nature of management decisions they face, particularly useful."

“At Odgers Interim, we work with a range of NHS organisations, including Nottingham University Hospitals to find candidates that can deliver change in line with STP plans. We will continue to do so, to ensure the management capability of the NHS is sustained and that patient care is of the highest quality.” 

For more information, please contact Sarah Lovell.


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