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Tuesday 27 July 2021
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Elaine Burke

Salford Royal's Elaine named Nursing Times Leader

Salford Royal’s Executive Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive, Elaine Inglesby-Burke has been named on the inaugural Nursing Times Leaders List.


The list was announced on Monday 9 June, at a private reception in London’s Haymarket Hotel.


The Nursing Times Leaders List celebrates the contribution of nurse leaders to the nursing profession. Over 200 individuals were shortlisted for the list, before the final 46 were announced. The list consists of individuals who have demonstrated strength across five key areas: Leadership, influence, impact, role model and legacy.


Jenni Middleton, Editor of Nursing Times and host of the reception, said, “The work of these nurse leaders has shaped practice, the profession and, most importantly of all, patient care. They have left a legacy that they can be proud of and we are delighted to honour them in this inaugural Nursing Times Leaders List.”


Elaine Inglesby-Burke joined Salford Royal as Nursing Director in 2004. She has worked to establish a culture in which patient safety is paramount and staff care for their patients with compassion and empathy. The trust is now widely considered to be an NHS leader in safety and quality improvement. She was one of a number of senior nurses to form Safe and Sound – the Safe Staffing Alliance which demands minimum registered nurse staffing levels. Elaine was also the only nurse selected to be part of Professor Don Berwick’s National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England and is a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Nursing and Care Quality Forum. The Nursing Times judges commented that she has led the way on safe staffing.


In early 2014 Elaine was named Deputy Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.


Of her place on the list Elaine said: “I am honoured to have been included as a leader on the Nursing Times’ inaugural list. It serves to highlight and celebrate the impact that nurses can have, not only within the nursing profession but on healthcare as a whole.


“The influence of nurses on healthcare policy and practice has grown considerably over recent years and I am delighted to see all different kinds of nurses represented on the list – from an agency nurse using social media to combat professional isolation to student nurses bringing a new perspective to healthcare to those who have been working in the profession for many years and have consistently demonstrated a desire to achieve and educate.”