HSJ reveals top provider chief executives

Stephen Firn speaking at our 2014 Annual Members' Meeting
Stephen Firn speaking at our 2014 Annual Members' Meeting

In recognition of how leadership can positively affect the performance of NHS organisations, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) has ranked Stephen Firn OBE, our Chief Executive, number 6 in their list of top Chief Executives from English NHS provider organisations. Stephen is the highest ranked non-acute trust chief executive to feature in the list, which the HSJ say is a tribute to the demonstrable success he has delivered over many years leading Oxleas.

Our Chair Dave Mellish welcomed this accolade: "This is a remarkable achievement particularly for us as a provider of a wide range of health and social care services in the community. It shows how far Oxleas has come under Stephen's leadership. It reflects our continued focus on quality and the recognition that highly engaged staff provide better care for patients. Stephen has been a key driver of this focus. This recognition of his dedication and commitment to high quality care is thoroughly deserved."

The top 15 leaders are drawn from the 50 in the HSJ Top Chief Executives list, published 25 March.

Under our current leadership, we've seen a clean bill of health from the CQC; our staff survey results show we continue to be the best performing trust in the country for staff engagement, with more of us recommending Oxleas as a place to work; and levels of staff motivation and satisfaction with quality of care continue to increase.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: "Many well thought of provider chief executives have seen their organisations fall into deficit or rated as inadequate or requiring improvement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Public scrutiny and criticism of their actions has never been more intense. It is in this context that the really excellent chief executives shine."

Read the full HSJ list here.

Published on 25th March 2015