New boss for com­mu­nity health trust

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

BIRM­ING­HAM Com­mu­nity Health­care NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (BCHC) has ap­pointed Richard Kirby as its new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Mr Kirby, who is cur­rently chief ex­ec­u­tive of Wal­sall Health­care NHS Trust, is ex­pected to take up the new role early in 2018.

The ap­point­ment fol­lows the depar­ture of Tracy Tay­lor to be­come chief ex­ec­u­tive of Not­ting­ham Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust.

BCHC, one of the coun­try’s largest providers of com­mu­nity and spe­cial­ist health ser­vices, is cur­rently in the ad­vanced stages of com­bin­ing with two other trusts, Black Coun­try Part­ner­ship NHS Foun­da­tion Trust and Dud­ley and Wal­sall Men­tal Health Part­ner­ship NHS Trust.

The three trusts are work­ing to­wards com­bin­ing as one or­gan­i­sa­tion from De­cem­ber 1 and Mr Kirby will be­come chief ex­ec­u­tive of the larger trust.

Mr Kirby said: “I have been priv­i­leged to work with some of the most com­mit­ted and car­ing staff dur­ing my time in Wal­sall and I am proud of the con­sid­er­able progress we have made in re­cent years.

“I am com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­nity ser­vices to en­sure our pa­tients re­ceive the sup­port they need to con­tinue liv­ing healthily at home, where they want to be and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to do so in my role at Birm­ing­ham Com­mu­nity Health­care.”

Mr Kirby has led Wal­sall Health­care for six years.

Be­fore that Mr Kirby worked at Sandwell & West Birm­ing­ham Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust as di­rec­tor of strat­egy and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

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