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Leadership Viewpoints

Video contributions from senior leaders and colleagues thinking about the workload and the importance of looking after their team’s and their own wellbeing. These will be added to on a regular basis.


Crishni reflects on the importance of staff wellbeing being seen as part of inclusive and compassionate culture and a top priority for all leaders. “We have to try and make people feel safe to say that they’re not ok.”

She stresses that senior leaders need to role model looking after their own wellbeing and recognising own vulnerabilities. (And that cake is always good!)

Crishni Waring, Chair of Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and the Midlands Region People Board
The initial impact of COVID

A few weeks ago, we marked one year anniversary of the first national lockdown. Many of us have reflected on the last year and the experiences we have been through. For senior leaders in particular, reflection and recognition of the journey travelled, both for themselves but also for their teams and colleagues, is often really important.

We’ve spoken to 4 NHS chief executives who reflect on the very start of the pandemic in this short video.


Having worked in healthcare since 1990, including national roles at the Department of Health, director for both the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and 2 years as CEO of NHS Confederation, Rob is now CEO of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. As well as leading the Trust, Rob is leading the work of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate integrated care system (ICS). Rob is defined by a values based approach to leadership. He has a history of effective partnership working and a strong commitment to system leadership. Rob reflects on the weight of being a senior leader in the NHS, what is important for him and how he looks after his own wellbeing and that of those around him.  

Rob Webster
Lena Samuels

Born and educated in London, in addition to chairing South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust where she is also the well-being guardian, Lena also chairs the Hampshire and the IOW STP, the South East Regional People Board, and the Council of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.  Lena started her career as a lecturer in further and higher education and managed a training centre in London for young people at risk of exclusion. She currently runs a company which has provided communications and training in leadership and human rights. Lena shares her reflections on the need to be compassionate to ourselves and how we might do this. 


Richard Mitchell
Patricia Miller

Richard was appointed as Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals  NHS Foundation Trust in June 2017. He joined from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust where he worked as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for four years. He is also the Executive  Lead for the Mid Notts Integrated Care Partnership and Chair of the East Midlands Cancer Alliance. Richard believes all patients should receive the level of care we would want our friends and families to receive. He views teamwork, lots of encouragement, support and kindness as essential to the delivery of high quality, safe patient care. In this short video Richard reflects on his  own personal health and well-being in these difficult times and what as senior leaders we can do to help look after ourselves and others. 

Patricia has worked for the NHS for 30 years and joined Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Operations in 2011. She was appointed as Chief Executive in September 2014 and the Trust is currently a key partner in the Our Dorset system, a wave one Integrated Care System (ICS). Whilst working in the NHS Patricia has remained passionate about improving the lives of patients and staff in ways that matter to them and was named as one of the top 50 CEOs in 2019. Patricia is also one of only a handful of BAME CEOs in the NHS provider sector and is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion. In this clip she shares her thoughts on her own personal health and well-being and the importance of role modelling to others.


Sir James Mackey, known as Jim, is Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He returned to his substantive role as Chief Executive of the trust in November 2017, a post he previously held for ten years. He was welcomed back after completing a two-year secondment in a national role as Chief Executive of the NHS Improvement. In this short video Jim reflects on the importance of personal health and well-being, especially in a senior leadership role and how looking after yourself gives permission to others to do the same.

Sir James Mackey

Keith Fraser is a dynamic inspirational leader with over 30 years operating at a senior level in the London Met and WM police. He has extensive experience of youth crime diversion, policy & strategy development and scrutiny of operational performance in addition to leading on issues of inclusion and equality. He is passionate about supporting those who are socially excluded and up-skilling them to play their full part in society. He has extensive, personal experience of strategic responsibilities for the leadership of senior officers working for prolonged periods under stress.

Further videos will be added to this collection regularly.