A trust chief executive in Scotland who started her career in nursing and worked her way to the top is retiring after more than 40 years in the NHS.
Jill Young clocked out for the last time on Friday after 14 years at the helm of the Golden Jubilee Foundation.
“It has undoubtedly been the most exceptional job I could have wished for”
From her first role of an auxiliary nurse, also known as a health assistant, Ms Young quickly established herself as a leader with a passionate for innovation and climbed up the nursing and management ranks.
She was appointed chief executive of the Golden Jubilee in July 2004.
Ms Young said it had been an “honour and privilege” to lead the trust for more than decade.
“It has undoubtedly been the most exceptional job I could have wished for and, although it has had many challenges over the years, I could not have asked for better support,” she added.
The trust runs Scotland’s “flagship” Golden Jubilee National Hospital.
“Jill has dedicated her entire career to improving quality and safety”
Under Ms Young’s leadership, the trust has expanded from offering just 3,000 procedures in its first year to more than 55,000 in 2017-18.
It has also become home to major centres for orthopaedics, heart and lung, ophthalmology and diagnostic imaging, and has opened dedicated hubs for research and innovation.
Ms Young said should would miss the job but noted that her departure couldn’t have fallen at a better time, coinciding with the 70th birthday of the NHS, her 40th anniversary in the health service and 10 years of the trust’s heart and lung service.
She paid tribute to the trust’s dedicated staff for making her job “worthwhile and fulfilling”.
“The Golden Jubilee Foundation has some of the most passionate, hardworking and dedicated teams I have ever worked [with],” Ms Young added.
“I would like to thank every single member of staff, old and new, as I could not have done my job and delivered so much without knowing that I could rely on their expert advice, guidance, support and friendship.”
Ms Young said she was leaving the trust in “safe hands”.
The trust’s director of operation June Rogers will take over as interim chief executive on 1 December 2018 until Jann Gardner takes up the role full-time on 21 January 2019.
Susan Douglas-Scott, chair of the Golden Jubilee Foundation, commended Ms Young for her work and said she would always be a part of the trust “family”.
“Jill has dedicated her entire career to improving quality and safety through the redesign of services, constantly looking for and encouraging new and innovative ways to ensure patients receive excellent care,” she added.