Better performance, better outcomes

Northern Trust managers will today hear from the Health Minister Edwin Poots and leading experts in the field of healthcare as part of the annual leadership conference in Templepatrick.

The conference provides an opportunity for senior, middle and clinical managers to engage and learn from best practice in other areas of health and social care.

The aim of the conference is to continue the improvement drive within the Trust, focusing on managing performance and enhancing learning in order to improve patient outcomes. Keynote speakers include Michael Caulfield, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists, who will speak about the resilient mindset. Michael uses his sport psychologist skills with athletes and teams of all levels, to maximise both individual and team performance and help realise their full potential.

Also presenting will be Siobhan Moran Assistant Director of Quality Improvement with Salford Royal NHS Trust. The Salford Royal has emerged in England as the top Acute Trust nationally in the In-Patient Survey 2013 and celebrated the best results in the country for the NHS Staff Survey 2013.

Delegates will also hear from the newly appointed Chief Executive Designate, Dr Tony Stevens about his vision for the Future of the Northern Trust. Dr Stevens takes up post of Chief Executive of the Trust on 1 August 2014.

Speaking ahead of the conference, the Health Minister Edwin Poots said: “The theme of the conference, ‘better performance, better outcomes’, sums up the future direction of travel for delivering quality health and social care. The success of any business depends heavily on the effectiveness of its managers and the leadership provided.

“This is as important in the business of health care provision as it is in any other business. A good manager should push the business forward, as new challenges arise, and take responsibility for their decisions. Good leadership will be more important than ever as we move forward with the implementation of Transforming Your Care.”

The Minister will also meet with the newly appointed Chief Executive Designate, Dr Tony Stevens. The Minister said: “Dr Stevens will shortly start the very challenging role of Chief Executive of the Northern Trust. I am confident that Dr Stevens shares my vision of progress and reform and will lead the way, encouraging others to follow his passion and commitment to improve quality and care. I wish him every success in his new role.”

Bob McCann, Chairman of the Northern Trust, said: “The most important responsibility of any health and social care service is to provide a high standard of care to everyone. The Northern Trust have put a renewed effort into all aspects of governance and patient safety and are keen to ensure the highest standards of performance in everything we do. The Trust is also looking at ways to ensure staff are engaged in an open and transparent culture which promotes learning from being more responsible and accountable for our actions”.


Pictured at the Northern Trust's Leadership Conference are Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety and newly appointed Chief Executive Designate of the Northern Trust, Dr Tony Stevens

Speakers at the Northern Trust's Leadership Conference, Damian McAlister, Director of Human Resources, Larry O'Neill, Acting Chief Executive, Dr Tony Stevens, Chief Executive Designate, Kate Silvester, Bob McCann, Chairman, Siobhan Moran, Assistant Director Quality Improvement, Salford Royal NHS Trust and Michael Caulfield, Performance Psychologist

Page last updated:18 June 2014