Chief Executive, Brent Kilmurray

Hello, my name is Brent Kilmurray, the Trust’s newly appointed Chief Executive and I am pleased to be able to start the search for a Chief Operating Officer, a new post that we have created.

This is a period of change and opportunity at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust as we embark on a journey of transformation and service improvement. The Board has made investment in the development of a Trust wide systematic approach to quality improvement and coaching and is currently developing a ‘crowd sourced’ organisational strategy to run from 2019-2024. A new organisation structure is being implemented and recruiting a Chief Operating Officer is the first step in this process.


The Trust

The Trust is a provider of high quality mental health, community and learning disability services across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

We are recognised as a leader in mental health initiatives that have been recognised as best practise nationally and our community services have received CQC ratings of Good. We are playing an active role in the newly established West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and are committed to driving sustainable change to improve our services and the care we deliver.

Our Trust vision is ‘working with diverse communities to provide outstanding care’ and our aim is to deliver care closer to home with our expert staff providing integrated community and mental health care in community settings wherever possible; making sure that this complements primary care, hospital and social care through a joined up approach. To achieve this, our teams work closely with health, social care, volunteers, voluntary organisations and diverse local communities. The Trust takes an active role within the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership, is a member of the West Yorkshire Mental Health Collaborative and is a core member of the two local health and care Provider Alliances.

We are active in building relationships with health and local authority commissioners, hospitals, family doctors and emergency services. We believe that only by working together can we provide truly local services of high quality that people deserve and need.

The Role

This is a new post. The Chief Operating Officer is a key member of the Trust’s Executive Management team and is a voting member of the Board. As an Executive Director, the post holder shares responsibility with Director colleagues for the overall strategic direction and performance of the Trust.

The Trust Board has agreed a new operational structure and the post holder will introduce this strong clinically-led model, which means that medics, senior clinicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals make the decisions on how we run our services, that will be led by a triumvirate team, including a Medical / Clinical Lead, a Head of Nursing and a General Manager. The post holder will be the lead for  Emergency Planning, ensuring that the Trust has up-to-date, effective emergency and business continuity plans in place at all times.

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the operations of the Trust. Operational services are structured into two care groups – Mental Health and Adult and Children’s Community services. The below list identifies the services that are in each of the care groups.

Mental Health Care Group

The Mental Health Care Group, this will be broken down into four triumvirates: –

  • Inpatient acute, Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU), Step Forward and Low Secure,
  • Community mental health teams, EIP, IHTT, First Response and the Independent Placement service,
  • IAPT, Psychological Therapies, MyWellbeing College, perinatal new models of care,
  • Older People’s Inpatients (DAU and Bracken) as well as Older People Community teams.

All mental health community triumvirates will be locality based on the Primary Care at Home community modelling.

Adult and Children’s Community Care Group

The Adult and Children’s Community Care Group will be broken down into the following triumvirates: –

  • Community nursing and specialist nursing teams,
  • Podiatry,
  • Learning Disabilities,
  • Dental,
  • Health Visitors and School Nurses,
  • Children’s CAMHS, LAC, YOT, Vaccs and Ims

We are looking for someone with a proven track record of leading and delivering clinical services who can demonstrate experience of establishing and managing strategic partnerships and who has demonstrable experience in delivering quality improvement.  Please see our job description and person specification for further details.

Operating in a complex environment with sustained pressure on NHS services, there has never been a more important or compelling time to join our Board to help create real change and service improvement.

We look forward to receiving your application.