Health chief up for top regional award

Jackie Pendleton, chief officer of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, has been shortlisted for a top award. Photo contributed.

Jackie Pendleton, chief officer of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, has been shortlisted for a top award. Photo contributed.

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A leading health chief, who is in charge of the organisation responsible for the healthcare of High Peak residents, has been shortlisted for a prestigious regional award.

Jackie Pendleton, chief officer of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is in the running for the title of NHS Partnership Leader of the Year, awarded by the NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy.

The short listing recognises Jackie’s achievements at the helm of the CCG since it went live in April.

Judges noted Jackie’s key role in contracting the NHS 111 service to Derbyshire Health United (DHU), a not-for-profit company that was already providing an out-of-hours service, giving patients the benefit of seamless care 24/7.

Jackie was nominated by Lindsey Wallis, chief executive of DHU, who said: “Jackie has led the crucial work to build seamless care around the patient, rather than expecting patients to fit in with the structures of the organisations involved.”

Jackie will now attend a ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on Thursday November 28 when the winners will be announced.

Winners from all the English regions will then be considered for a national shortlist from which an overall winner will be chosen at an event in London next February.