Chair in Common, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

This is a unique opportunity to play a key leadership role in two high performing NHS Trusts providing all age mental health, specialist learning disability and universal children services, across the Black Country.

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Trust are responsible for the delivery of mental health and specialist learning disability services across the Black Country and for children’s services in Dudley.  With the support of our clinicians, our boards have agreed to a merger by Spring 2020 in order to increase our voice and influence, to deliver higher-quality services, and to ensure we are more efficient, thereby making us fit for the future.  Together we will have an income of almost £170 million, with 3000 staff operating out of 65 sites in 4 boroughs.

The Chair in Common will be the leader of the Boards of Directors for both Trusts and is also Chair of the Assembly of Governors at BCPFT.  The Chair will lead both Boards in the development and delivery of their strategic objectives. This is a unique opportunity to play a key leadership role in two high performing NHS Trusts providing all age mental health, specialist learning disability and universal children services, across the Black Country. 

Appointing a Chair in Common to lead both boards through the merger process and beyond will ensure we are guided by a shared ambition to bring care closer to home for the communities we serve and improve outcomes for our patients.  The Chair will lead both Boards through the transition and will be the Chair of the Foundation Trust post-merger, and importantly lead the development of a culture that inspires our staff for the benefit of those we serve.

We are looking for someone who will lead the Boards in delivering the merger and who will be an influencer and ambassador for the Trusts and the services they provide within our communities and in the wider health community.  You will need to have a passion for quality and excellence to match that of our dedicated and innovative workforce, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, including our Governors to give oversight to the delivery and development of sustainable services in a modern NHS. 

This role requires exceptional board leadership skills - whatever sector you have gained this experience in - and you will need to demonstrate an ability to work in partnership with other organisations. You will be expected to provide visible leadership in promoting equality and diversity and developing a positive culture across both organisations.

If you believe you share our values, have the experience, skills and knowledge required and are committed to our vision then please visit, (where you will also find contact details for both Trust CEOs) and call Richard Murphy on 07393 013067 or Robin Staveley on 07789 273778, of GatenbySanderson for a confidential discussion.  

Closing date: 8th August. Final interview process; stakeholder event 4th September, panel interview 11th September.

How To Apply

To apply for this role, please visit Gatenby Sanderson's webadvert where you will find full details.  Please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


Richard Murphy is managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification.  Please contact Richard on 020 3854 2219.

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