Sarah-Jane joined the NHS via the Graduate Management Scheme in 2000, and less than eight years later become CEO of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Trust 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 and is now leading the Maternal and Child Health input into the NHS Long-Term Plan. She 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.