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Top Chief Executives

It is a tough time to be a provider trust chief executive in the English NHS. Recent HSJ research shows just how tough: as we revealed last September, more than a third of chief executives have been in post for less than a year. The pressure is high and it is relentless.

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There is perhaps no better time, then, to present our first celebration of those doing an exceptional job of steering these organisations. It is a mission which surely at times appears thankless – political sensitivities abound, as does the pressing target to deliver outstanding care at reduced cost.

Some will argue these individuals are well compensated for such a task. This is true. Let us be clear, however: they are nowhere near as well compensated as those heading up similar sized organisations in the private sector, where the dangers to organisational reputation and career prospects are usually much fewer. 

We brought together a heavyweight judging panel (see right) to decide on England’s top 50 chief executives.

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