Better Care

BCHC colleagues welcome new chief exec

BCHC’s new chief executive Richard Kirby is now in post, taking on the leadership role from the beginning of March. 

Richard brings extensive NHS experience to the role, joining BCHC from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust where he led an improvement in services through his six-year tenure. Previously he also worked at Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust as director of strategy and chief operating officer.

Richard said he is looking forward to leading the continuing drive to deliver outstanding integrated care.

“It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to join Birmingham Community Healthcare," he said.

Richard Kirby meeting nursing staff at Moseley Hall

“I started my NHS career 20 years ago working with GPs in south-west Birmingham and have worked in Birmingham and the Black Country ever since – most recently in Walsall Healthcare where our community services are rated “outstanding” by the CQC.

“Birmingham is also my home. My family – my wife, two daughters and our new puppy, Archie – live in Birmingham. This role therefore feels like a homecoming, and provides an opportunity to work with you to make a difference to the communities of our great city.

“My first priority is to listen and to learn. BCHC provides a wide range of services to people in many different circumstances, and I am looking forward to spending as much time as possible over the next few weeks meeting teams across the trust, listening to your views and learning about what we need to do next to provide outstanding care.

“I am looking forward to spending time as I meet teams across the trust, working with you to shape our future service strategy. We have a real opportunity to work with our partners in general practice, social care and mental health, as well as in the acute hospital sector, to deliver outstanding, integrated care that helps people and communities to stay as healthy and as independent as possible.

“We have a great track record on which to build across all of our services, and I am keen to hear from as many of you as possible on how we can build on our existing strengths as well as develop new ideas.”

Richard Kirby
New BCHC CEO Richard Kirby

Chief finance officer Peter Axon - acting chief executive since Tracy Taylor’s departure in October - resumes the role of deputy chief executive, which was filled on an interim basis by nursing and therapies director Gareth Howells.

BCHC chair Tom Storrow said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard as our next chief executive.

“On behalf of the board, I would also like to thank Peter and Gareth for their commitment and contribution in stepping up into interim roles through the past few months, keeping us firmly on track in the delivery of high quality patient care.”

Follow Richard on Twitter at @BCHCRKirby.