Martin Barkley, Chief Executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been awarded BAPIO’s (British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership at the Associations Virtual Annual Conference 2020.
BAPIO’s President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership recognises the contribution and dedication made by an individual to the NHS.
Martin Barkley is one of the longest serving Chief Executives in the NHS which he joined in 1972 as a Trainee Hospital Administrator.
Since Martin was appointed as Chief Executive of MYHT his main focus has been on improving the experience of its 9,000 strong workforce and in turn the experience of the Trust’s patients. MYHT is a hospital and community services provider for a population of 550,000 residents of Wakefield and North Kirklees.
He passionately leads the Trust as a values-based organisation which values, respects and supports its staff.
Martin has been recognised for his skill and confidence in devolving decision making to the ‘frontline’ in order to provide better quality and more efficient services, and for his ability to motivate staff and colleagues to ensure best quality of patient care.
Dr Ashutosh Sinha, Consultant at the Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust said:
“The main reason for my nomination for Martin Barkley was to acknowledge his passion for racial equality and diversity.
“During the present crisis he has been in the forefront regarding the BAME [Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic] community wellbeing. He leads whole-heartedly from the front.
I commend his inspirational leadership.”
Ashutosh’s nomination was supported by many members of BAPIO who had worked with Martin over the years and the association was delighted to honour him with the award.