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Business profile: Julia Salmon

PUBLISHED: 12:31 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:45 21 July 2015

Julia Salmon, hospital director, Spire Harpenden Hospital

Julia Salmon, hospital director, Spire Harpenden Hospital

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The hospital director at Spire Harpenden Hospital shares her business insights

How did you get started in business?

I have been fortunate to have been given fantastic opportunities in my career with Spire Hospital. I qualified as a Staff nurse in 1986 and started working on the wards within a year. I spent many happy years nursing patients, culminating in the role of matron at our sister hospital until 2007. Since then I have been the hospital director at Harpenden and enjoy every day. My background in healthcare enables me to draw on my experiences and add empathy and care to running this business.

What’s your motivation?

To succeed by ensuring my hospital represents ultimate care for patients in a comfortable environment while meeting all regulatory requirements. I am motivated to win as part of a team and have Harpenden Hospital recognised as a high performing unit, by the Care Quality Commission and my own executive team.

What are the biggest challenges?

Currently, to meet the demands of the business by incorporating all our customer requirements. Our patients are our priority and we must constantly work with our consultant colleagues to ensure we meet their needs and expectations.

Most valuable business lessons you’ve learned?

Through the many years of management I’ve been fortunate to have worked, the most valuable lesson is that success is so much sweeter when shared. Keeping it simple by developing relationships that bring out the strengths of all the individuals in a team, always results in the maximum success.

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