Royal Bolton Hospital boss named as one of most inspiring women in British healthcare

Dr Jackie Bene is one of the most inspiring women in healthcare, says the Health Service Journal

Dr Jackie Bene is one of the most inspiring women in healthcare, says the Health Service Journal

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

THE chief executive of the Royal Bolton Hospital has been named as one of the most inspiring women in British healthcare.

Dr Jackie Bene was awarded the accolade by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), for leading “with a calmness that inspires confidence”.

Dr Bene, a consultant physician, first came to Bolton in 1998 as clinical lead for older people’s services and became medical director in 2008.

She guided the NHS trust through a turbulent two years and eventually got the top job as chief executive in February.

Unlike most chief executives, Dr Bene still carries out weekly ward rounds, as well as running the hospital.

The chief executive is modest when it comes to talking about her achievements but says she hopes the HSJ awards will inspire other women to go for top roles in the NHS. Dr Bene said: “The idea behind the HSJ awards is to encourage other women to go into leadership roles.

“I was very pleased and flattered to be named as one of those women.

“I think there is gap between the number of men and women in leadership roles in the NHS and I would like to see more women up there.

“I never wanted to give up being a doctor because I knew I would miss the contact with patients.

“I still enjoy talking to patients and the challenge of working out what’s wrong with them.

“It’s also good to still be part of a clinical team.”

The HSJ judges said Dr Bene was a “rarity”. They added: “As a medical professional who is serving as a trust chief executive, Jackie is a rarity. Rarer still is the fact that she continues to practise clinically, holding two sessions each week in her role as consultant in geriatric and acute medicine.

“The trust has been through difficult times, but Jackie is said never to have lost the confidence of the staff she leads. She leads with a calmness that inspires confidence.

“She also has an ability to communicate at all levels within the organisation and is a highly supportive leader.”

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9:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

steveG says...

We are very fortunate to have such talent in control of the Bolton General Hospital,clearly this is a major factor in the success of the hospital in recent years.
We are very fortunate to have such talent in control of the Bolton General Hospital,clearly this is a major factor in the success of the hospital in recent years. steveG
  • Score: 15

9:54am Thu 7 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

This woman is the silver lining of a hospital blighted by controversy and mismanagement on a collosal scale over the last few years. All we need to do now is relinquish the bureaucracy and extorionately paid administrators and put more money into physical (hands-on) hospital care for patients who really need it.

It was November 2012 any my partner's father went into hospital terminally ill with mesothelioma (asbestosis) and under the watchful eye of the hospital, he fell out of bed twice breaking his hip bone (Intertrochanteric). Although this did not contribute to his death directly, the trauma and the shock left him like a frightened child, extremely vulnerable and fearful. He was eventually transfered to Mill View nursing home where he died a few hours after admission.

My point is, the hospital needs people like Dr Bene to maintain high standards. Anybody in a position of authority with a text book education can deligate to others but it is those who roll their sleeves up, giving their all for the profession that count.
This woman is the silver lining of a hospital blighted by controversy and mismanagement on a collosal scale over the last few years. All we need to do now is relinquish the bureaucracy and extorionately paid administrators and put more money into physical (hands-on) hospital care for patients who really need it. It was November 2012 any my partner's father went into hospital terminally ill with mesothelioma (asbestosis) and under the watchful eye of the hospital, he fell out of bed twice breaking his hip bone (Intertrochanteric). Although this did not contribute to his death directly, the trauma and the shock left him like a frightened child, extremely vulnerable and fearful. He was eventually transfered to Mill View nursing home where he died a few hours after admission. My point is, the hospital needs people like Dr Bene to maintain high standards. Anybody in a position of authority with a text book education can deligate to others but it is those who roll their sleeves up, giving their all for the profession that count. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 10

1:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

idav_uk says...

After a difficult couple of years, the Hospital is turning a corner. The staff and management are working together to make sure we a have a facility of which we can be justifiably proud. At least that is my impression after having first hand experience over the course of the last four months.
After a difficult couple of years, the Hospital is turning a corner. The staff and management are working together to make sure we a have a facility of which we can be justifiably proud. At least that is my impression after having first hand experience over the course of the last four months. idav_uk
  • Score: 6

10:15pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Thatissowrong says...

steveG wrote:
We are very fortunate to have such talent in control of the Bolton General Hospital,clearly this is a major factor in the success of the hospital in recent years.
What success? Please elucidate.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: We are very fortunate to have such talent in control of the Bolton General Hospital,clearly this is a major factor in the success of the hospital in recent years.[/p][/quote]What success? Please elucidate. Thatissowrong
  • Score: -2

6:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

NHSNurse says...

I am a nurse at RBH and very proud to be working under the inspiration that is Jackie Bene. OUR Hospital has taken some hard hits over the years, and a few delivered by the News itself! But we are, as a team, making this a hospital that Boltonians, The NHS and the North West can be proud of.
I am a nurse at RBH and very proud to be working under the inspiration that is Jackie Bene. OUR Hospital has taken some hard hits over the years, and a few delivered by the News itself! But we are, as a team, making this a hospital that Boltonians, The NHS and the North West can be proud of. NHSNurse
  • Score: 2

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