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On Friday 20th September we presented our first ever Value Maker Awards at the Value Maker Annual Conference in London. The awards were hotly contested with a total of 28 nominations across the 4 categories which were based on our Four Strengths framework. We were delighted that NHS England and NHS Improvement Chief Finance Officer, Julian Kelly, attended the event to give a keynote address and to present the awards to the following worthy winners.
The ‘Finance Expert’ award went to Michael Shaw from the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. Michael led the Trust’s implementation of Oracle Cloud in the organisation from a technical point of view. Mike has taken it upon himself to fully understand the system not only from a technical side but also from an operational aspect. He has been able to support training needs across all areas of the Finance Directorate and the wider organisation, always willing to take the time to share his knowledge and offer advice to anyone who needed it.
The ‘Driving Value for Tax Payers’ award was presented to Naomi Simpson and Michael Harrison from the costing team at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT. It is clear that the costing team are going above and beyond in their roles to implement cost saving schemes for their trust – one review led to £442k savings across 7 specialties! The duo are also promoting and developing the finance function, particularly costing, sharing best practice both within the organisation and nationally. Their work to gather costing data has also been approved to be included in NHS England & NHS Improvement’s Approved Costing Guidance.
Mohammed Bilal took the second award for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, taking home the ‘Making Change Happen’ prize. Bilal has gone above and beyond in his VM role and his role at the trust in implementing positive change on several different initiatives. For example, Bilal leads the BME Network at the trust and is a Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) expert, which means he is constantly looking to make improvements for his trust regarding Diversity & Inclusion. He is delivering a market stall at the upcoming FFF diversity event in November!
Rikki Siddle goes above and beyond in his role as Lead VM in the North East which is why the judges awarded him the ‘Team Player’ award at the conference. There have been several successful initiatives put in place for the North East Value Makers including monthly newsletters and a national Facebook group which is allowing greater collaboration around the country. Rikki also instigated a North East Value Maker conference, which resulted in the establishment of Forums for the Deputy CFO and Deputy Provider DOFs which have been hugely useful.
Well done to all the winners.