The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals celebrates Queen's Birthday Honours with hat-trick of awards

1 June 2022

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is celebrating a hat-trick of honours in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive, will receive a Knighthood, Dr Fiona Campbell, Consultant Paediatric Diabetologist, will receive a OBE and Chris Slater, Associate Director for Commercial and Procurement, will receive an MBE.

Together the colleagues have clocked up over 80 years service to the NHS and this is fantastic recognition for their continued dedication and hard work to the Leeds community.

Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “It is such wonderful news to have three of our colleagues receive such prestigious recognition this year.

“At Leeds Teaching Hospitals we are very much one big team and we cannot do what we do without everyone working together. These awards are a fantastic achievement for Julian, Fiona and Chris and are very well deserved.”

Please read below for more information on each of these awards.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive

Julian Hartley stands in front of an ambulance at Leeds General Infirmary

Julian Hartley has been awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor for his services to healthcare, which span almost 30 years, and in recognition of his unbroken contribution to the community.

Julian, who grew up in Bingley, West Yorkshire has been the Chief Executive at Leeds Teaching Hospitals for almost nine years. His career in the NHS began as a general management trainee, before taking on NHS management roles across local hospitals and primary care organisations, and nationally a role in 2012 as Managing Director of NHS Improving Quality.

In his current role at Leeds Teaching Hospitals he has led the organisation to many successes over the last nine years, not least moving from a position of major financial and performance challenges in 2013 to one which now recognises Leeds Teaching Hospitals as one of the premier NHS trusts in the country.

Under Julian’s leadership, Leeds Teaching Hospitals has:

- moved from an overall CQC rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ for use of resources and maintained this for the last six years.

- has been recognised as the most improved acute trust in the national staff survey.

- created a positive and well embedded patient-focused culture, developed by staff at the hospitals called The Leeds Way

- built a culture of continuous quality improvement empowering colleagues to lead improvement projects across clinical and non-clinical areas to improve services for patients

- secured funding from the Government to build two new hospitals on the Leeds General Infirmary site, including a brand-new children’s hospital

This honour also recognises Julian’s contribution to improving the NHS at a regional and national level.  Julian was instrumental in setting up the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts supporting the hospitals across West Yorkshire to work together to improve patient services.  In 2019, he led the development of the national NHS People Plan generating discussions and a plan for making the NHS a better place to work and in 2021, Julian was appointed to the Board of the Department for Health and Social Care as a non-executive director, providing external advice, support and challenge. Julian is also an Honorary Professor in Health Leadership and Chief Executive at the University of Leeds.

Julian Hartley said: “I have been thinking about how to respond to this honour and I am at a loss for words. I am overwhelmed to have received this level of recognition.

“Starting my career in the NHS was the best decision I could have made, and I have met so many wonderful people in my 30 year career. This honour would not have been possible without every patient and every colleague I have had the absolute pleasure to meet and work alongside.

“As we come out of the most challenging period for the NHS since its inception, we can see more than ever what is really important. A lot has been asked of our staff and our patients over the last couple of years, and I am committed to continuing to serve them all as we renew our shared purpose, innovate and become stronger, together.”

Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD, Chair at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “Julian is an outstanding leader and puts our patients and staff at the heart of everything he does.

“His NHS career has been varied but the one common theme throughout has been Julian’s unwavering commitment to looking after colleagues and providing the best possible care for patients. This is the ethos that he brought to Leeds and has supported the development of a truly wonderful culture throughout our organisation.

“We are very lucky to have Julian as our Chief Executive, and I know I speak for the whole Trust when I say how proud we are of him and how well-deserved this recognition is”.

This is not the first time Julian’s outstanding leadership and contribution to the NHS has been recognised.  In 2021, he won the Public Sector and Judge’s Special Award at the Institute of Directors Yorkshire and the North East Director of the Year awards. He has also featured continuously in the Health Service Journal’s annual top 50 NHS Chief Executives since its inception.

Dr Fiona Campbell, Consultant Paediatric Diabetologist

An image of Doctor Fiona CampbellDr Fiona Campbell has been awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE). 

Dr Campbell has been a Consultant in Paediatric Diabetes in Leeds for 27 years, and has for many years combined her clinical work with other local, regional and national roles.

Dr Campbell has been Chair of the National Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network in England and Wales since 2009, giving her a unique perspective of the national picture in the provision of services and standards of care given to patients with diabetes. 

Currently, Dr Campbell leads the award-winning Children and Young People’s diabetes service at Leeds Children’s Hospital. This is one of the largest in the country caring for over 550 patients aged 0-20 years.

Under her leadership, the Leeds diabetes team has a national and international reputation for research and innovative practice, especially in the use of diabetes related technology and integrating their use into routine clinical practice. 

This has included as Clinical Lead for Digibete, the award-winning online platform and app designed to provide families living with diabetes the support they need to manage type 1 diabetes. This app is now signposted and supported financially by NHS England and is used by all diabetes services for CYP in England and Wales. (www.digibete.org)

Dr Fiona Campbell said: “I am very surprised but absolutely delighted to be awarded this honour.

I am accepting it on behalf of all my wonderful and supportive colleagues that I have been so fortunate to work with over the years. They have worked tirelessly alongside me to try to ensure that all children and young people living with diabetes access the best care possible in our country and lead long and happy complication free lives.” 

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “Having clinicians like Fiona on our team makes everything we do easier. Our Children and Young People’s diabetes service at Leeds Teaching Hospitals is world-renowned because of Dr Campbell’s leadership and drive. We are incredibly proud that she has received this very well-deserved recognition and know that she will be able to continue her fantastic work with her brilliant team by her side.”

Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD, Chair of LTHT, said: “Dr Campbell’s career in the NHS has been wonderfully varied, but with one crucial focus – improving the care for children and young people with diabetes here in Leeds but also further afield.

At Leeds Children’s Hospital, we count ourselves lucky to have a diabetologist with Fiona’s experience, compassion and desire for improvement and change.”

Dr Campbell has a particular interest in quality improving (QI) clinical services for young people living with diabetes and her influence extends further than Leeds.

She has held clinical leadership roles at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), been a member of the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit Project Board and since 2018 has been the Clinical Lead for the National CYP Diabetes Quality Programme and supported the development of QI collaboratives country wide.

In recognition of her outstanding work with the RCPCH, Dr Campbell was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2021.

Internationally, Dr Campbell is a member of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) and her Leeds based clinical service is a member of SWEET – a special group of certified, world-wide centres of reference.

Chris Slater, Director of Supplies and Procurement

Chris Slater stands in the middle of an aisle in the warehouse with boxes of PPE stored on shelves either sideChris Slater has been awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

As part of his work during the pandemic, Chris managed the procurement and supply of essential PPE and supplies to support frontline NHS staff and patients at LTHT as well as at the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber in Harrogate.

Chris, who has worked at the Trust for 18 years, felt honoured to receive the award but was keen to point out the significant contributions of his team.

Chris Slater said: “It’s an incredible honour to be nominated to receive an MBE for working in the NHS, certainly not something I was expecting! Managing the supply chain throughout the Covid pandemic, including the provision of PPE and equipping the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber, was an absolute team effort that required commitment from so many dedicated people. I am delighted that the team’s efforts in supporting frontline staff at LTHT has been recognised.”

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive at LTHT, said: “Throughout the pandemic, Chris has demonstrated enormous personal commitment and leadership to ensure the continued safety of staff and patients in our hospitals. It is a true tribute to the diligence and expertise of his team that at no point during the pandemic was vital safety equipment unavailable to our staff.”

Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD, Chair of LTHT, said: “Despite a family bereavement and even whilst his son, an NHS doctor, was sick with Covid, Chris’s commitment to our staff and patients was unwavering, working 10-hour days, seven days a week, making hundreds of decisions each day under tremendous pressure. We have so much to be thankful to Chris and his team at LTHT, and this MBE is wholly deserved.”

During the pandemic, Chris’s team provided more than 2 million surgical face masks, 300,000 FFP3 respirators, more than 2 million plastic aprons, 30,000 pairs of goggles, 50,000 visors, and 5.2 million surgical gloves. At Leeds, which has over 20,000 staff, 5,500 patients have been treated for Covid-19 since March 2020.

Whilst securing PPE for the Leeds Hospitals Trust was key during this time, Chris and his team were also seconded to lead procurement and supply of medical equipment to create the 500-bedded NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber. In just four weeks, the team transformed Harrogate convention centre into a fully commissioned hospital.

During the national shortage of PPE stock in 2020, Chris and his team supported local firms to develop their capacity and capability to design and manufacture PPE equipment to NHS specifications in order to increase resilience at LTHT.

As the pandemic developed, LTHT became one of the few NHS hospital trusts allowed to purchase PPE independently. Chris’s team sourced effective contracts in China and Turkey to ensure continuing supply of high-quality equipment. The team also led a West Yorkshire-wide collaborative project to assure supplies worth in excess of £10m.