Barchester’s Professor Morris-Thompson makes the inaugural Nursing Times Leaders list

Trish Morris-Thompson, Director of Quality and Clinical Governance, Barchester Healthcare
Trish Morris-Thompson, Director of Quality and Clinical Governance, Barchester Healthcare

Professor Trish Morris-Thompson, Director of Quality and Clinical Governance at Barchester Healthcare, has made the inaugural Nursing Times Leaders list with the most nominations.


The list, which was revealed on Monday 9 June, recognises those individuals who have demonstrated significant strength across the five key areas of leadership outlined by the NHS Leadership Academy Healthcare Leadership Model: Leadership, influence, impact, role model and legacy.


Professor Morris-Thompson is one of the most senior nurses in the industry having worked in high-ranking roles within both the NHS and the private sector.  Before being appointed onto the Board of Barchester Healthcare she was Chief Nurse at NHS London and visiting professor of nursing and midwifery at Buckinghamshire New University. 


Her position on the list reflects her far-reaching influence across different areas of healthcare, which she maintains through her roles as a Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, and Clinical Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.


The judges of the list said: When other people talk about it Trish is out there doing it, and is now blazing a trail in the private and charitable sector. 


This announcement is the latest in a string of accolades Morris-Thompson has received for her outstanding contributions to healthcare. In 2011, she was awarded a Florence Nightingale Scholarship and in 2012, she received a RCN Clinical Fellowship for services to nursing. Trish also is an established author and her work is often published in professional journals.


Morris-Thompson is a champion of integrated care and uses her position as a senior nurse in the care sector to be an advocate for nurses and carers who work in social care settings. She is also very committed to the personal development and learning of individuals and has contributed to Barchester Healthcare’s in-house Business School.

On hearing that she had made the Nursing Times Leaders list, Trish said: “I’m very proud and humbled to be included in the inaugural Nursing Times Leaders List. It demonstrates the importance of nursing in the social care sector and corresponds with my mission to make sure the excellent work that goes on at Barchester Healthcare, and in the care sector as a whole, is recognised fully by the industry and the nursing profession.”

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said:


“Professor Morris-Thompson is one of the few figures who is recognised as a leader across both health and social care. Trish is an exemplar of her profession, and has moved seamlessly between statutory health services and the independent care sector.


Martin continued:


“Trish is an experienced and passionate professional, whose  achievements are recognised  in health, social care, and academia and her inclusion in the Nursing Times Leaders List is just recognition for her outstanding contribution to the health and social care system.”


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