The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Julian Hartley


Julian Hartley

Chief Executive

From 14 October 2013.

Since joining Leeds Teaching Hospitals as Chief Executive in 2013, Julian has created a patient-centred culture by engaging and empowering frontline teams to improve hospital services. Through the introduction of The Leeds Way, Julian has led the Trust to become the most improved acute trust in the country in the national staff survey across the board, showing significant improvements to Staff Engagement year on year. His commitment to embedding the Leeds Improvement Method as a culture of continuous quality improvement has encouraged over 8,000 members of staff to lead improvement projects across a wide range of clinical and non-clinical areas.

Julian also plays a key leadership role in the local and regional health economy acting as the Chair of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts which is a collaboration of the six hospital trusts across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to work together to deliver the best possible services for patients. Julian is also a core part of the leadership team for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Care Partnership.

Julian was asked by NHS Improvement to work on the national NHS People Plan, which forms part of the NHS Long Term Plan. During this secondment, from 21 January to 31 March 2019, Julian helped lead discussions on making the NHS a better place to work, ensuring we have a positive and engaging, patient-centred culture and devolving workforce responsibilities more locally are all key themes. This shows how his commitment to improving Leeds Teaching Hospitals and engaging with staff is making an impact nationally, with other organisations looking to Leeds as an example.

Julian’s career in the NHS began as a general management trainee, before working in a number of NHS management posts at hospital, health authority, regional and even national level. He has also worked as Chief Executive at Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals, and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.