New boss for community health trust
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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