Sheena Cumiskey named as national CEO of the year

by CWP News - 19 November 2015

Sheena Cumiskey, chief executive of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been named as CEO of the Year at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

The HSJ Awards, is the largest celebration of national excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector. Judges described Sheena as “brave” and “courageous” and colleagues at her own trust say Sheena “inspires people to achieve more for the benefit of patients”. 

David Eva, CWP chairman, comments: “We are delighted that Sheena has been named by the Health Service Journal as Chief Executive of the Year. This is a huge endorsement of Sheena’s tireless work over the years to put the needs of patients first and to support strong NHS leadership. We are all very proud of her achievement which reflects positively on the whole Trust.”

Sheena says, “I am deeply humbled. I was unaware that colleagues had nominated me and this really is a reflection of our collective achievements at the Trust. I have the great pleasure of working alongside inspirational people, both within the Trust and amongst our many partners, who make my job very rewarding.”

Sheena has worked in the NHS for 32 years, 19 at chief executive level and is also chair of the North West Leadership Academy. She has been included in the two most recent ‘top 50’ chief executive lists produced by HSJ, and CWP has featured in the HSJ’s top 100 best places to work two years running - as well as topped the table nationally in the CQC’s Community Mental Health Survey 2015.

Sheena’s entry was endorsed by a wide range of people working in mental health and the wider NHS, and included her many and varied roles including her work with the NHS Leadership Academy. North West Leadership Academy director Deborah Arnott said: “Sheena is an inclusive chair ensuring a diverse range of perspectives are considered.”

Stephen Dalton, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, said: “She is an arch collaborator with the wider system and her understanding of the social determinants which shape health outcomes is a focus for her leadership style.”

David Allison, chief executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust, added: “She is an immensely valued colleague who is able to work across a whole system rather than let organisational boundaries constrain her.”

Under her leadership, CWP became the first mental health trust to go completely smoke-free. Sheena also presided over the trust’s Zero Harm campaign, which has encouraged staff to share best practice, with a trebling of entries into its annual “Big Book of Best Practice”.

Listen to an interview with Sheena Cumiskey following her award for HSJ CEO of the Year 2015 below.

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