John Walsh

 John Walsh 

I have worked for the last twenty two years for the NHS at York Street Health Practice - the medical team for people who are homeless and in the asylum system in Leeds. This work has mainly been on the streets with homeless people. It has also involved teaching (offering teaching in the UK and Europe), service development, writing and management. My last post at York Street was practice manager.  

I have a BA in History and Planning and Administration and a Dip Th and MA in Theology. I have been given a number of awards which include Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust Clinician of the Year (2013), The Yorkshire and Humberside Leadership Academy Community Leader ( 2013 ), Yorkshire Evening Post Community Health award ( 2015 ), Yorkshire Evening Post Overall Judges Winner award ( 2015) and the AdsthePoet award for Compassion in Health ( 2015 and 2016). I also was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015 by Leeds Beckett University for partnership work and work with homeless people. The latter reflects the partnership we established with Leeds Beckett University on how we create the best care and culture in organisations. I also received in 2015 a special award from practice nurses for supporting the work of Practice Nursing. The service I led has also won awards, both local and national.

I left that service in April this year to work as OD Lead at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. This work focusses on culture change and wider systems work. I am Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for the Trust. I sit on the RCGP Yorkshire Faculty Board. I am also on the primary care stream of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP leading on social models and self-care / prevention. I am on the National Executive of the New NHS Alliance.

I have written many blogs with patients, carers, academics and clinicians about inclusion, human potential and values based work. A lot of my work is to support people see, own and release their gifts. I worked recently with a Bradford NHS Hospital Trust developing and delivering a leadership module on leadership as humanity and hope.

My present interests are

·         how we create best culture and care

·         how we support people to flourish

·         how we enable the emergence of community alliances and wellbeing as presence and practice 

·         how we develop system work and system leadership in our cities.   


Click here to read John's blog with colleague Steve Keyes