Caring Hatfield chief exec recognised for inspirational work

PUBLISHED: 20:00 26 November 2017

Tom Cahill
Picture: Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Tom Cahill Picture: Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

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A caring Hatfield-based NHS chief executive has received a prestigious award.

The Colonnades, Hatfield.
Picture: Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust The Colonnades, Hatfield. Picture: Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Tom Cahill works for the Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust, which is a pilot trust developing new care models for children and adolescents.

He was named chief executive of the year at the Health Service Journal Awards yesterday after being praised by judges for being an “authentic and inspirational leader, putting service users at the centre of his organisation’s work”.

Mr Cahill began his career in nursing and that experience is still the driving force behind the way he approaches his role.

He is known as “a man who cares”.

An NHS spokesman said: “As well as heading up the sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) for Hertfordshire and West Essex, he has overseen major transformation since he took on the chief executive role at HPFT, based at The Colonnades, in Hatfield.”

HPFT Chairman Chris Lawrence said: “This is a huge accolade to Tom’s leadership.

“Tom has overseen a time of great change for the trust and some of our most notable achievements.

“I believe that the judges recognised something that is integral to Tom and that is his relentless focus on patient centred care. “Always a nurse at heart, Tom’s care for our service users has driven all that he has achieved for HPFT.”

For 36 years the HSJ Awards, have recognised, celebrated and promoted the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcased them to the service’s most influential leaders.

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