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New chair sought for WLMHT

09 Jan 2015

West London Mental Health NHS Trust is looking for a new chair to take over from Nigel McCorkell, who has announced his retirement after six years leading the board.

This is a unique opportunity to share your talents and expertise to help transform WLMHT and make a positive difference to the lives of people in west London and beyond.

The new chair will have the support of a strong executive team and will be critical in delivering the strategy and managing key relationships with NHS partners and wider stakeholders.

As well as providing a full range of high quality community and inpatient mental health services, the trust has a unique specialist role. Broadmoor Hospital, which is a part of the trust, is one of only three high security mental health hospitals in England, and has a high national and international profile. The trust runs two other high profile, nationally commissioned services, including the Cassel Hospital in Ham and the Gender Identity Clinic in Hammersmith.

We are working hard on improving the quality of the services we provide, as we move through the process of being accredited as a foundation trust. The foundation trust timetable has been slowed over the years, and recently to give the Care Quality Commission time to re-write its inspection regime for mental health trusts.

The trust is due to be inspected by the Care Quality Commission in June 2015, which will determine our suitability to move forwards in the process to become a foundation trust.

Staff engagement remains a focus for the trust and a number of initiatives have been introduced in recent years to help in this area, including a new staff engagement committee, staff reporters who give feedback to the board on staff issues, the launch of a new whistle-blowing campaign (Speak Up Friday) and other work to improve communications in the organisation, such as back to the floor, board visits and staff listening events.

The quality improvement works include the redevelopment of our two main sites, St Bernard’s in Ealing and Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire. The re-building of a new Broadmoor Hospital has begun and patients are expected to transfer to the new building in 2017. In Ealing, work is also underway on the new medium secure unit being constructed on the St Bernard’s site, which will open for patients in 2016.

The chair will provide the leadership needed to secure improved healthcare services for patients and the local community, both now and in the future, and be responsible for keeping the organisation on course to achieve foundation trust status.

Strong leadership is required to ensure the organisation’s focus remains on quality in the months and years ahead. There will be many challenges if these goals are to be achieved, but the most challenging roles are often the most rewarding.

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Key dates

  • Closing date for receipt of applications: 11.00am on 12 February 2015. Please forward your completed application to public.appointments@nhs.net
  • Meet the team: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet with the chief executive, Steve Shrubb, and key stakeholders ahead of the panel interview to discuss how they will approach the role and find out more about the trust, its goals and values. Feedback from these sessions will be given to the panel.
  • Interview date: 6 March 2015
  • Start date: 1 April 2015

Getting in touch

  • With the trust – For an informal and confidential discussion with either the Chief Executive or the chairman, please call Jacky Vincent on 020 8354 8067.
  • Harvey Nash are helping us to identify potential candidates. If you would like a confidential discussion about the role, contact Frank McKenna, managing director for healthcare, or Thomas Patterson on 020 7333 1516 or email frank.mckenna@harveynash.com or thomas.patterson@harveynash.com
  • With the NHS Trust Development Authority – to request an information pack or for general enquiries contact Leslie Horn on 0113 254 6812 or at leslie.horn@nhs.net