Steve Trenchard lecture


Date: 7th Jun 2016

Professor Steve Trenchard, the recently-appointed Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said he was optimistic but realistic about the future of the NHS after giving a public lecture about leadership in the service at Buckinghamshire New University.

During his lecture, ‘Leadership in the NHS: Wicked problems or compassionate solutions?’, Mr Trenchard, who became Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in February, reflected on his first 100 days in the role, and invited discussion on compassionately informed leadership in the NHS.

The experienced professional, who was previously Director of Nursing and Patient Experience at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said afterwards: “I am very optimistic about the NHS and about its various organisations being able to set their own goals and culture to engage with staff and resolve things quickly.

“Equally, we have to be mindful that we have a finite amount of money and cannot always do everything that we would like, and instead need to prioritise. This is where strong leadership comes in and where NHS leaders need to have clearly-established goals.”

During his lecture, in front of an audience of students, lecturers and healthcare professionals, Prof. Trenchard also considered the art and practice of leadership, taking into account issues arising from the public inquiry into the failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust.

He added: “The NHS needs to appreciate what importance people place on values and compassion, while also having to take in to account the pressures and drivers in the service today.”

Prof. Trenchard has a strong background in higher education and was Principal Lecturer in Mental Health & Nursing at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he was the lead for the mental health education and training portfolio.

In his spare time, he is Chair of ISPS UK (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis), a small charity dedicated to talking therapies and humane approaches to the recovery of people experiencing psychosis.

His presentation was the latest in a series of free public lectures to be held at Bucks New University, which seeks to discuss issues affecting the community both locally and nationally. It was chaired by the University’s Professor David Sines CBE, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean: Society & Health.

Picture caption is: (L-R): Professor David Sines; Steve Trenchard; Katja Warwick-Smith, Head of Academic Department - Mental Health Nursing; and Prof Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor of Bucks New University.