Tameside Hospital boss recognised in prestigious award ceremony
Friday 25th November 2016 @ 17:14 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Health News

The boss of Tameside Hospital was given recognition as being one of the country’s best during an award show on Wednesday night.

Flying the flag for Greater Manchester, Karen James was shortlisted for the title of Chief Executive of the Year 2016 – one of only seven nominated for the prestigious award.

Paul Connellan, who is the Chairman of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Karen has been an inspiration since the first day she walked into the hospital.

“The change in culture here over the last two years has been unbelievable.

“We are so delighted that she has agreed to lead the hospital over the coming years.”

Tameside Hospital has been said to be ‘outstanding’ according to the Department of Health, and is one of the best hospitals to work for, according to the NHS national staff survey.

This survey also showed that seven out of ten people who work at Tameside said they would be happy for their friends or relatives to receive some treatment at the hospital.

Angela Rayner, the MP for Ashton, said: “Under Karen’s expert guidance the hospital has been transformed.

“Residents tell me they can’t believe the difference in the care and attention they now get.

“Tameside is now a hospital we can all be proud of and that’s down to Karen and her team.”

Karen may not have won the award, but it is clear from the admiration she has been getting from her staff, colleagues and the users of Tameside Hospital, that her hard work has not gone unnoticed.

By Misha Solanki