Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Chair

Body: Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sector: Health
Location: West Midlands
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: tbc
Time Requirements: tbc

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Candidates to meet CEO

    7th - 11th September 2020

  • Stakeholder Panels


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most innovative mental health trusts in the country with over 4,000 dedicated staff providing comprehensive and specialist mental healthcare services from over 40 sites to a culturally and socially diverse population of 1.3m across the West Midlands and beyond.

There has never been a more exciting time to join our Trust as Chair, and the opportunity to provide leadership to our organisation as we begin to recover from the pandemic and the major challenges this has provided the NHS as a whole, now represents a chance to make a real difference in the future. As our new Chair you will provide leadership to the Board of Directors, Council of Governors, our staff, and our system partners to uphold our newly revised values of being Compassionate; Committed; Inclusive.

In joining us you will guide and support the Trust and our healthcare system on the next phase of our development, showcasing the collaborative instincts required to work across an evolving NHS landscape and a future where care across health systems will be more integrated and delivered in increasingly collaborative ways. The communities served by the Trust are amongst the most diverse in the country, and it is critical for our new Chair to enable our health and care system to eradicate the inequalities that COVID-19 has bought to the fore, reinforced their existence along with the need to address them.

Person Specification

Our new Chair will be highly motivated, energetic and innovative and a natural facilitator. They will be committed to ensuring that the culture of BSMHFT is a ‘just’, inclusive and compassionate one in which everyone has equal opportunities to thrive, and feels confident in speaking out without fear. You must also demonstrate an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion and showcase how you will role model this at BSMHFT and across our system. In this appointment process we are actively seeking candidates from a range of diverse and inclusive backgrounds who offer the leadership skills required to take our Trust forward, and your values, Board level experience, and ability inspire and harness the talents of others is more important than the sector you have gained your experience in.

If your values and ambition match ours and the opportunity to lead both our Trust and the wider health and care system attracts you, then we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Additional Information

Harvey Nash are advising the Trust on this critical appointment. For further information and an informal discussion on the role please contact Frank McKenna, Managing Director, Thomas Patterson, Director, on 07970 339 151.

How to Apply

For details on how to apply please visit

BSMHFT Appointment of Chair

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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