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Michael McCourt

Michael McCourt – Chief Executive

Michael McCourt is Chief Executive of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @MichaelMcCourt1 Website:

Progress, opportunities and challenges ahead

We recently held the Trust's Annual General Meeting and Principles of Care Awards.  It was great to see more than 200 people there, staff in the main but Governors, members, commissioners and supporters too. The AGM is an opportunity to look back at the progress we have made over the last 12 months, whilst also looking forward to the year ahead and the opportunities and challenges that presents.   These things can be a bit dry at times, but we try to keep the presen… Read More »

Being a great place to work in challenging times

A few weeks ago the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times unveiled their list of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare – and I’m proud to say that Pennine Care made the list.  The list is hailed as a celebration of NHS organisations that have worked hard to promote great staff engagement and create an environment where people can enjoy their work.  Using data compiled from the national NHS staff survey, an independent research company called Best Companies Group identified the top 1… Read More »

National direction set

The NHS Confederation last week published a letter to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to urge the Government to provide political will and financial backing to secure the future of hard pressed NHS services.  This was co-signed by 50 leaders in healthcare, including me.The publication of the letter coincided with a major speech from Mr Cameron (link) and Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens (link).   The overarching themes from these speeches was further commitment to … Read More »

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