Media Release

QEH leaders inspired to change hospital fortunes following visit by NHSI Chief Executive

Caroline, Kate, Ian
QEH Chief Executive Caroline Shaw, Operations Manager Kate Jackman and NHSi Chief Executive Ian Dalton

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, this week played host to NHS Improvement Chief Executive, Ian Dalton, CBE.

Ian accepted an invitation from Trust Chairman Professor Steve Barnett and Chief Executive Caroline Shaw, to share his views and experiences of effective leadership at a Leadership Summit which was held at the hospital on Wednesday.

Ian drew on his 30 years-experience in the NHS and wider health sector, including time as CEO at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Deputy CEO at NHS England and CEO of NHS North of England, to deliver an inspirational presentation to an overflowing room of hospital managers and leaders.

Ian shared his belief that the talent to change the fortunes of the hospital was in front of him in the room.

Hospital Chairman Professor Steve Barnett said “I would like to thank Ian for taking the time to join us and for inspiring our leaders as we strive to strengthen the services we provide and improve the experiences of both our patients and our staff.

“Ian’s depth of experience is outstanding and his knowledge of the NHS and the wider health community shone through and this was incredibly valuable for those in attendance.”

Hospital Chief Executive Caroline Shaw said “We were truly honoured to have Ian join us.

“Managers and leaders from across the organisation shared my enthusiasm, and the inspiration Ian created was palpable across the room.

“Our priority is to improve services for the community we serve and to do this I believe we have to empower our leaders to work with their teams to deliver those improvements, sharing experience from the very top of NHSI was part of this.

As Chief Executive of NHS Improvement Ian is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care.

Leadership Summits were recently introduced at the hospital to give hospital managers and leaders the opportunity to develop their understanding of positive, effective leadership and for them to have the space to share experiences, issues and to inspire one another.