Brian James has worked in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) for 30 years, with 20 years of that time spent at Executive or Director level. His experience spans strategy, hospital management, business development and information management and technology.
In his last post he was Director of Health Service Strategy & Innovation for South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority. His keen interest in international health systems and new ways of working makes him a regular speaker at National conferences on contemporary issues in the NHS. He has a Masters Degree in Health Informatics.
Mr. James became Chief Executive of Rotherham General Hospital in February 2005 and inherited an annual budget of £140m, 3,300 employees and over 400,000 patients. 90 per cent of patients to the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust wait less than three months for admission, making it one of the top performing Trusts in the country.
The modern picture of healthcare in the United Kingdom is transforming into one of competition and choice. In wanting to explore new ideas to help the Trust achieve its challenging objectives within existing resources, Mr. James took up the offer of Sir Gerry Robinson, former Chairman of Granada and Allied Domecq, to come into the Trust to see whether a “businessman” could identify alternative approaches to managing in this unique environment.
The result, broadcast by the BBC in January, was a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the modern day NHS. In Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? the two protagonists worked – occasionally at loggerheads – to explore areas and suggest changes to working practices that have led to wider learning points for the whole of the NHS. The programmes received widespread critical acclaim and serve as an invaluable snapshot for any professional wishing to study the delivery of healthcare services in a challenging environment.
In this exclusive interview, read what the Chief Executive has to say about the series, his management challenges, and the differences between managing in the public and private sectors.
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