By ALISON BELLAMY

A new non-executive director is being sought for the governing board of the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Trust chairman Michael Smith said he was appealing particularly to people from the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community to apply for the position, which is part-time and paid.

BDCTThe successful candidate will join the Trust’s award winning Board and will have leadership experience of operating at Board or senior level in a complex organisation.

The community health, mental health and specialist learning disabilities provider, which gained foundation trust status in May, was recently named Board of the Year at the annual Yorkshire & the Humber Regional Leadership Recognition Awards and was also shortlisted in the coveted National Health Service Journal Awards.

Leading on a number of equality and inclusion initiatives, the Trust has developed the ‘Moving Forward’ programme, aimed at aspiring leaders from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Lisa Wright, head of equality and work experience has been instrumental in taking this initiative forward and was announced as the winner of the ‘Leader of Inclusivity of the Year Award’ at the annual Yorkshire & the Humber Regional Leadership Recognition Awards.

The Trust is committed to reflecting the community it serves and believes increasing the Board’s diversity will further strengthen the delivery of high quality services across the Trust.

Chairman, Michael Smith Bradford District Care Trust
Chairman, Michael Smith
Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Smith said: “The people who access our services are from a range of culturally diverse backgrounds.  As a Trust we are looking to reflect the community we serve and believe that by recruiting a candidate from a diverse background we will bring greater richness to debate and provide further value to the high quality services the Trust delivers.”

Nadira Mirza, non-executive director added: “The more diverse our workforce and senior leaders, the better able we are to respond to and reflect the people we support and represent. We believe by increasing the diversity of our Board and actively seek applications from the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities we can continue to promote the Trust’s vision to provide the best care for people in the district.

The Trust and Board of Directors have been noted for their leadership in delivering high quality services and strong financial performance, whilst continuing to innovate, engage and develop staff and explore new ways of working with partners across the health and social care spectrum.

This latest recognition follows an already successful year, achieving Foundation Trust status earlier this year and being named as one of top 120 places to work in healthcare.

Mr Smith said: “The new addition will ideally be someone who is interested in health matters and is of a high profile in Bradford area and has significant influence either locally, regionally or nationally.”

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s vision is to provide the best care for the people of Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven as one of the country’s leading providers of integrated community health care services

Mr Smith added that this was an exciting and challenging time for the Trust in its drive to sustain and build excellent health care: “Involving people in their own care, innovation and building enterprising partnerships will be the foundation of a truly successful future for the Trust, for our patients and for local people.”

Gatenby Sanderson is supporting the Trust’s recruitment process. For further details and how to apply click here: www.gatenbysanderson.com/job/GSe24917