Welcome Letter

Welcome from our Chief Executive & Lead Governor

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of Chair of Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

We believe this is an amazing opportunity to lead one of the most innovative mental health trusts in the country, at a pivotal time when the opportunities to make a real difference for the future have never been greater. The new Chair will be required to provide strong leadership, enhance our relationships with our partners to progress joint working and uphold our newly revised values of being Compassionate; Committed; Inclusive.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for the whole NHS. At BSMHFT we have taken this opportunity to work together to think differently and adapt the way we are working to enable our services to continue running. We have achieved amazing things, including innovations in our use of technology, developing new guidelines and practices, training in new skills, adapting our pathways, changes in culture and mindset and many other things. Throughout this time of rapid change, we have adapted our Quality Improvement (QI) approach to support all that we do and remained absolutely focused on our top priority of delivering safe, high quality patient care.

We were already engaging widely with our Trust colleagues, service users and carers and local partners to create our new five-year strategy. We are listening to their feedback and experiences to ensure that we develop innovative and sustainable mental health services that are fit for the future and provide excellent care that meets the needs of our 1.3million local population. 

This includes how we provide care across all our diverse communities and work as a health and care system to eradicate the inequalities that COVID-19 has so clearly highlighted. It is about how we look after, recognise, engage and develop all of our 4,000 colleagues across the Trust, ensuring that BSMHFT is a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive, and feels confident in speaking out without fear. This reflects our commitment to attract and retain a greater number of committed, compassionate people to join us, at a time when the NHS and those who work in it are more valued than ever. The fact that our aim to create a truly diverse and inclusive organisation is ambitious does not make it any less real. We know we start from the foot of the mountain, a mountain we very much want to conquer.

There has never been a more exciting time to become the Chair of our Trust.  As we all reflect on the past few months, we are determined that as we develop our future strategy, we will not lose some of the things we have achieved and changed for the better.

As we anticipate demand for our services increasing, we have an opportunity to continue to think differently and innovatively about how we provide care and how we harness the enormous appetite and enthusiasm across the organisation to do this, a time to truly embed our QI approach.  As we look towards a future where care across health systems will be more integrated and delivered in increasingly collaborative ways, our local, regional and national partnerships and relationships will be critical.

It is with this backdrop that we now embark on the process to appoint our new Chair.

You will lead us in ensuring the Trust’s culture is a ‘just’ one, established through the development of an inclusive and compassionate leadership approach and ensure effective and collaborative working with our partners.

We are looking for an exceptional individual who will live, act, and strive to meet our values and vision.

If you are looking for a role which will provide an opportunity to lead the Trust, both within our organisation and the wider health and care system, then we very much look forward to receiving your application and meeting with you in due course.

Kind regards


CHIEF EXECUTIVE                                       LEAD GOVERNOR