John Short

24 - 25 January 2019
East Midlands Conference Centre

Senior Level Speaker

  John Short

John Short

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS FT, Chief Executive

John has been the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) since April 2013 but is retiring for the NHS in March 2019.  He has been at the forefront of the Trust’s work to improve staff, service user and carer engagement and demonstrate a real Trustwide focus on service quality.

He began his career as a mental health social worker with local authorities and worked in a number of different settings, before moving onto mental health services management in the NHS over twenty-five years ago. John has worked in a number of Trusts providing services ranging from inner city to rural services. He has held a number of posts including Senior Manager Mental Health Services at the West Midlands Regional Office, Director of Mental Health and Learning Disability Services in Shropshire, Chief Operating Officer at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust and Director Change Programmes and Chief Operating Officer in Leicestershire. His first CEO post was as interim Chief Executive of Leicestershire Partnership Trust from 2011 until his appointment in Birmingham and Solihull.

John has led numerous service and organisational changes in his career, including steering many mental health services in their move from care in impersonal large asylums to care that is increasingly community and person centred and compassionate.

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