Sarah-Jane joined the NHS via the Graduate Management Scheme, holding various roles in primary and secondary care and at the Department of Health, before promotion to Director of Planning and Productivity at Walsall Hospitals.
Appointed Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in December 2007, and Chief Executive just over a year later, whilst still only 32, the Trust has been under her leadership for ten years now and was named ‘Provider Trust of the Year’ by the Health Service Journal in 2015, and rated Outstanding by the CQC in February 2017.
In 2015, Sarah-Jane took on the additional role of Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s, before going on to integrate the two Trusts to create the first Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Europe in little more than 18 months. She also led the development of an innovative new mental health partnership for 0-25 year olds in the city – Forward Thinking Birmingham, the first of its type in the NHS.
In 2016, Sarah-Jane was asked to head-up the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme, which aims to make maternity care across England safer, and more personalised. Following publication of the NHS Long Term Plan in 2019, this national leadership role was extended to the Children and Young People's Transformation Programme. Sarah-Jane is also a Doctor of both the University of Birmingham, and Birmingham City University.
Her passions are exceeding the expectations of patients and families, and making Birmingham Women’s and Children’s the very best place to work and be cared for, whilst supporting leaders from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential.
You can listen to Sarah's keynote speech at RCPCH Conference and exhibition in May 2019.