Senior Manager/Leader Award winner

This award recognises the vital role that effective managers and leaders have within the Trust.  Judges were looking for someone who inspires people to achieve positive results, encourages team members to be innovative and who demonstrates fairness to ensure that opportunities for development are shared appropriately.

This category received the most nominations and was incredibly difficult to judge, with particularly strong entries for both the winner and the runner up.

Since joining the Training Department as the head of workforce development in January 2016, Elaine McDonald has made a huge impact.

When Elaine arrived last year, the department had gone through a number of changes and challenges, which had been unsettling for the team.

Elaine’s colourful flourish and vast experience, creativity and tuition has empowered her team and with her encouragement and ever optimistic drive for improvement, her team has transformed into a department which is close to its goal of being a ‘Centre of Excellence’.

Her dedication and commitment to the team is contagious, reflecting in the quality of training provided to NEAS employees. Her team are now regularly volunteering to tackle new projects as well as actively seeking ways to improve the service they provide.

Elaine is described by one member of her team as “a fantastic inspiration to us all” adding: “The additional effort is not only refreshing but also the improvements that have been made are benefitting our patients every day.”

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