An NHS mental health trust is looking forward to fresh leadership across Calderdale and South Kirklees as the new Deputy Chief Executive (West) takes up his post on Monday 14th October 2002.

The South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust have appointed Nick Morris as Deputy Chief Executive (West) and he begins his post on Monday 14th October. The Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services for a population of one million people across Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale. The Trust has two Deputy Chief Executive’s – Steven Michael who takes responsibility for Wakefield and North Kirklees and Nick Morris who will be responsible for Calderdale and South Kirklees.

Nick Morris is joining the Trust from his post as Deputy Head of Mental Health Branch with the Department of Health. Prior to his position at the Department of Health, Nick was Head of Mental Health at the North West NHS Executive, joining them from his position of Commissioning Manager of mental health services for Wirral Health Authority. Nick, who is a registered mental health nurse, also holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Diploma in Management Studies and a Diploma in Counselling.

As Deputy Chief Executive, Nick will provide strong strategic management and leadership which will enable, through robust partnership working, the planning, development and provision of effective services for people who use the Trust’s services. This includes ensuring service users and carers are involved and actively contribute to the planning and delivery of such services.

Nick will work closely with commissioners in developing services that accurately reflect the needs of the people in Calderdale and South Kirklees. Nick will be an Executive Director on the Trust Board, working closely with the Chief Executive, the Deputy Chief Executive (East) and other directors. He also has executive director lead for the strategic modernisation of Facilities to ensure the Trust’s estate and support services are focussed on supporting service development and are providing value for money.

Speaking about his new post, Nick said, ‘I am really looking forward to taking up my post on Monday, and I have already spent a few days in the area getting to know people. This is an exciting time for mental health services with a clear priority set from the Government which local organisations are responding to in the move towards modernised and improved care. I look forward to working with staff in the Trust and importantly working very closely with service users, their carers and staff and managers in our partner organisations to build upon the work that has already been achieved. I have already picked up the enthusiasm of the staff in belonging to a new mental health dedicated organisation.’


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