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The judges and judging process

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Meet the judges and find out how they made their decisions

For the launch year of Nursing Times Leaders, we sought to find individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities that they have used to help shape the nursing profession and healthcare more widely.

Over March and April, the Nursing Times team created a longlist, including nominations from our readers via and Twitter. Leaders come in many forms but nominees were considered against dimensions outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy Healthcare Leadership Model (summarized below):


How wide is the individual’s influence? How do they affect nursing policy, practice and patient care? Have they a vision that improves services and care, and do they communicate this in a way that is compelling and exciting, yet feels achievable?


Does the individual hold a number of positions across nursing or exert influence in a number of ways? Do they understand how health and social care services fit together? Are they flexible in using different organisations to create a better service and outcomes for patients?

Role model

Does the nominee demonstrate that they care for their teams, provide a safe, educational environment in which they encourage their teams to grow and do their jobs effectively? Do they ensure team members are valued and show respect and compassion to each other.


How significant is the individual’s achievement? How will we remember their contribution? Will they leave the profession in a better place than when they joined it? Did they engineer substantial change that had an impact on patient care? Were they the first to perform their role? Or, perhaps their achievements took place in a challenging environment, facing additional barriers?

A panel of judges then reviewed the longlist and added suggestions of their own before deciding on the final list at a judging event held at the Nursing Times offices. Judges who are on the list were excluded from conversations about their own inclusion.



The Judges

Dame Christine Beasley, former Chief Nursing Officer for England

Karen Charman, director of engagement, NHS Employers

Professor Judith Ellis, executive dean, Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University; deputy chair, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Josie Irwin, head of employment relations, Royal College of Nursing

Alan Nobbs, senior programme lead for delivery and frameworks, NHS Leadership Academy

Dr Jane Salvage, independent health consultant, author and policy activist, and visiting professor, Kingston University and St George’s University of London

Paul Scandrett, director of healthcare, Allocate Software

Dr Theresa Shaw, chief executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies

Janice Sigsworth, director of nursing, Imperial College Healthcare Trust

Professor Janice Stevens, independent health care consultant, Health Education West Midlands



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