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Colleague wins Deputy Director of Finance Award

Adam Wheeldon from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has won the Deputy Director of Finance Award at this year’s Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) annual South West branch conference, which took place recently.
For colleagues, Adam’s award is well deserved and reflects the hard work and leadership skills that he’s demonstrated during his well-respected career.

“The award is in recognition of Adam’s fantastic work over the last 8 years, and especially during the last 18 months,” explains Associate Director of Finance Karen Jarvill. “During this time, Adam has shown all the true abilities and behaviours of an excellent leader. His commitment and drive to ensure key services were delivered and colleagues made to feel safe and valued, was resolute. He progressed access to software such as Microsoft Teams as well as specialist IT equipment at pace, which enabled colleagues that were at risk of infection to effectively work from home. He carried out all actions to achieve this to ensure success and speed of this urgently required response. He successfully engaged the senior team when it came to colleagues asking to work from home, and this was achieved effectively without losing key service delivery. He was an inspiration for us all throughout.”

Karen concludes: ” He has a reputation of being a capable, approachable and reasonable leader, and this resulted in colleagues across the team being treated as individuals, making them feel valued and supported. The culture Adam has created in the senior team resulted in effective, clear and consistent messaging to staff, which ensured key services were delivered and support provided where appropriate to other services across our hospitals.”

Bryson Pottinger, Consultant Haematologist and Associate Medical Director – Cancer, Research and Development, supported the nomination, adding: “I have had the pleasure of working with Adam for a number of years. We have been involved in large capital projects and several business cases with significant revenue consequences, and he’s always been very considerate of the clinical issues surrounding these. His solutions were elegant and allowed clinical activity to continue when many other organisations struggled. I have always found Adam to be most approachable and affable to work with and couldn’t be happier for his success. It’s well deserved.”

Deise Cardoso Dos Santos, Management Accountant, adds: “The entire department is hugely grateful to Adam, whose vision was never weakened by his personal circumstances, nor the many government changes about rules and guidelines. Our office is risk assessed as COVID safe, and that as well was a big task that he faced to ensure we were all confident and comfortable when the time came to go back into the office. I am so thankful and proud of what we have achieved as a department. We had to learn how to re-evaluate our work life to better adjust to the changes, and it’s all thanks to Adam, who showed us that nothing is impossible when we help each other out, treat each other like adults and work as a team.”

Karl Simkins, Director of Finance adds: “Adam has been my Deputy for over 8 years. He’s provided extraordinary levels of support to me as Director of Finance, and of course great professionalism and leadership to the finance and procurement team and the wider organisation. This award is greatly deserved and especially timely on the back of Adam’s recent decision to move into a different senior finance role here at RCHT.”

Added on 4 November 2021, in News - Awards and Achievements

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