Bognor hospital matron is number one

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MATRON Jo Habben’s work at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital has seen her win a top award.

Jo scooped the NHS community leader of the year title at the regional health service leadership recognition awards.

Jo leads a clinical team which covers inpatient wards, a minor injury unit and some outpatient services at the hospital on 
Shripney Road.

She said: “I’m hugely proud to be a matron and of my role as a community leader which allows me to empower and educate patients, carers and staff alike and to promote good public health.

“It is an honour to win this award and to represent what the team stands for at Bognor hospital and the quality, values and ethos of Sussex Community NHS Trust.”

Jo has worked at the hospital – which includes 48 inpatient beds, outpatient clinics and 16-bed rheumatology unit– for almost two years.

The NHS leadership recognition awards are organised by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative. They aim to recognise outstanding leadership practice focused on improving quality of care for patients.

They celebrate leaders working at every level of the system and help to foster the leaders of the future from all backgrounds.

The awards recognise leadership in nine categories.

Jo received her award from Fiona Edward, the chief executive of Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust and chairwoman of NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Collaborative, and Amanda Grindall, the director of leadership of the NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative.

The judges were impressed by Jo’s strong leadership and excellent relationships with local people, patients and staff throughout the trust which runs the hospital.

Paula Head, the trust’s chief executive and one of the judges, said: “Jo is a powerful role model and has real empathy and understanding for her patients and staff.

“She inspires and mentors her team and positively influences the trust board.

“Jo has delivered significant improvements in key performance metrics, such as waiting times, serious incident levels and costs to run the hospital.

“I’m thrilled that she has won this much-deserved award.”

Jo was nominated by Sue Sjuve, who chairs the trust. “Jo has found innovative ways of attracting, recruiting and motivating the right mix of skilled staff to provide the right care.”

Sussex Community NHS Trust is on course to gain foundation status from the government in late 2104 to give it more independence.