Dear Colleague, 

Thank you for expressing an interest in the role of Chief of Nursing and Therapies at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 

Providing community health services to the UK’s second city, we serve some of the most diverse and deprived communities anywhere in the NHS. We are proud of our workforce who deliver high-quality care to the people we serve in Birmingham and the West Midlands to help us realise our vision of “Best Care: Healthy Communities”. That pride in the work of our teams and the amazing people we have in Team BCHC have helped us address the challenges brought by COVID-19. Whatever their role, wherever they work – every single one of our 4,500 colleagues plays an outstanding role in delivering high quality care to the communities we serve. 

We firmly believe our Trust belongs to our people – both the people we care for and the people who work here. Our people are our most valued asset and the best resource we have to deliver all that is required of us. They shoulder enormous responsibility for the lives of patients and their working life must reflect this; they should be trusted, have compassionate and inclusive leadership and we are serious about our ambition to become a truly great place to work. Given the city we serve we cannot achieve this without ensuring that we are also a truly inclusive organisation and our work on equality and inclusion is central to the future of the trust. 

This opportunity comes at a time of significant change in the NHS and social care landscape and increasing demand for our services. Developing ways of working through the complexities of increased integration at a system level in order to deliver more joined up care is a challenge which must now be considered in the context of a very different health and social care environment from that of two years ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges in care delivery, service capacity, workforce and finance for all health and social care providers and care systems. We have always known of health inequalities, but first the global pandemic and now the cost of living crisis have brought these, and our determination to address them, to the fore. Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is a key focus for the Trust while the pressure on finance and demands on services will be even further increased as we face the aftermath of the current crisis and a sector in the throes of significant reform. 

Looking ahead, we will need to transform our services not only to meet increased demand but to mitigate risks around safety and ensure accessibility to all in a context where “access” will inevitably look very different. 

Whilst there is no doubt that this is a challenging time, it is also an exciting one. It is a time which calls for innovation and transformation at all levels of our organisation as well as at a system level with our wider ICS partners. As a Trust we are confident that we have laid good foundations from which to build. We remain committed to working inclusively and collaboratively with our Trust colleagues, the people who use our services, their carers and our wider system partners, to actively seek ways to improve what we do to deliver better outcomes for the communities we work within. 

We are now seeking an experienced nursing leader to support us on the next stage of our journey. Providing highly visible and inspirational leadership for our nursing and therapies workforce, we are looking for someone who feels inspired by our vision and values, and who wants to actively contribute to improving outcomes for our communities. We are happy to support someone into their first board level post who will help provide innovation and challenge to us as an organisation. 

As a provider of community services, our nursing and therapies workforce is at the heart of the care we provide to our patients. As Chief of Nursing & Therapies you will ensure we deliver outstanding care today whilst leading the shaping of nursing and therapies for tomorrow. This includes building our strategy for the future development of our nurse and therapists, supporting integrated working in neighbourhoods and localities working closely with primary care and putting out commitment to equality and inclusion at the heart of the professions you will lead. 

We have a clear vision for BCHC “Best Care; Healthy Communities” underpinned by a set of values that were chosen by our colleagues: Caring, Open, Responsible, Respectful and Inclusive. If you feel these resonate from your own, then we would love to hear from you. I hope the information contained in this pack along with our website give you all the information you need but please contact our advisers Jim Canning or Melanie Shearer at GatenbySanderson if you’d like to know more. 

Best wishes,

Richard Kirby, Chief Executive

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