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A triple win at the National Healthcare Finance Awards and Health Business Awards 2019

Friday December 6, 2019

It was a win, win, win for Western Sussex Hospitals on Thursday (5 December) as chief financial officer Karen Geoghegan (left), chief nurse Dr Maggie Davies and the trust’s Finance Department each won top awards.

Karen was named Finance Director of the Year and Maggie won Clinician of the Year at the National Healthcare Finance Awards, in London; while the finance team scooped the NHS Finance Award at the Health Business Awards, in London.

Both Karen and Maggie won their awards against a strong shortlist of other nominees from across the UK. Karen was awarded the prestigious top prize for her work and leadership as the chief financial officer at both Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

Her nomination explained: “At an organisational level Karen is an ambassador for the delivery of strategic objectives and expectations of value and behaviour. As likely to be found in a Patient First Improvement Huddle (or in a Pride float), as chairing a Business Case Scrutiny Panel; Karen supports people to work together to deliver excellence. Recognising the importance of effective teamwork, Karen always notices when people need that little bit of extra support; everything she does is underpinned by compassion for those she works with.”

Maggie was awarded for her positive collaboration with the finance team to support the delivery of outstanding patient care at Western Sussex Hospital. Her nomination said: “Maggie is a clinician who enthusiastically supports financial management and values the knowledge, advice and expertise the finance team can bring to any issue. Maggie is never afraid to ask for financial advice and seeks to understand fully the implications of the decisions she is making on behalf of the trust as chief nurse. Collaboration is a key description as Maggie always ensures that her accountants are very much part of the team when it comes to tackling all aspects of agency staff usage.”

HFMA outgoing president and chief finance officer at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, Bill Gregory, said: “Huge congratulations to Karen Geoghegan and Dr Maggie Davies for this well-deserved achievement, which once again highlights the strength of our NHS staff. We were pleased to receive a very high-calibre of entries for the National Healthcare Finance Awards this year. NHS staff across the country are working extremely hard to innovate, lead by example, and ensure good quality healthcare. It is important to celebrate their commitment and the dedication of sector leaders.”

At the separate Health Business Awards ceremony on the same day (5 December), the Western Sussex finance team also received the NHS Finance Award. Judges commended the trust’s track record in delivering recurrent savings, supported by the trust’s Patient First improvement programme and robust assurance and governance arrangements.

Celebrating the news with staff, chief executive Dame Marianne Griffiths, said: “This is a superb accolade for everyone in finance who do so much to support outstanding patient care at Western Sussex. I couldn’t be happier today for everyone working in finance, as well as Karen and Maggie – it’s just wonderful news and very well deserved.”

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