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Honorary doctorate for Trust’s former Chief Executive

Published 14/07/2017

The former Chief Executive of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has received an honorary degree from the University of Derby.

Sue James, who retired from the Trust at the end of 2015, was given an honorary doctorate in recognition of her outstanding contribution to healthcare, following a career in the NHS which spanned four decades.

John Rivers, Chairman of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, said: “Sue’s contribution to acute healthcare, both in Derby and elsewhere in the country, has been quite remarkable, and this recognition is wholly deserved. I’m delighted that Sue has received this honorary doctorate from the University of Derby, with whom she worked so closely during her period as Chief Executive of our Trust.”

Sue spent five years at the helm of Derby Teaching Hospitals, and worked in a variety of other strategic and operational general manager posts in acute healthcare before coming to Derby. During her tenure with the Trust won the first ever national Compassionate Care award, and its A&E department was named as the best in the country. She also oversaw filming of the ITV documentary Superhospital, which went behind the scenes at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Sue was one of five people receiving honorary degrees during this week’s graduation ceremonies. Other recipients were musician Geoff Wright, actress Patricia Green, Bob Betts, managing director of Smiths of Derby and Paul Stein, who was instrumental in the formation of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “All of these notable figures have made an exceptional impact on their industry or city.”


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