The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Julian Hartley

Julian Hartley

Chief Executive

From 14 October 2013.

Julian previously worked as Managing Director of NHS Improving Quality - a national organisation set up to drive change and improvement across the NHS.

Julian’s career in the NHS began as a general management trainee working in the North East of England. Following his training, he worked in a number of NHS management posts at hospital, health authority and regional level. His first Board Director appointment was at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, where he was responsible for planning, operations and strategy.

Julian led Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust (PCT) as Chief Executive for three years, where he took it to three star status, developed new Primary Care Centres and managed the PCT’s involvement in the Shipman Inquiry.

From 2005 Julian was Chief Executive of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, seeing the Trust transform and go on to achieve major financial turnaround, secure Foundation Trust status and become one of the first Trusts in the country to meet 18-week targets. In addition, Julian chaired the North West Leadership Academy.

Julian was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in June 2009 and led a major turnaround in MRSA reduction, A&E and 18-week performance. He also introduced a major programme of cultural change to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Since joining Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2013 Julian has focussed on creating a patient centred culture, fostering high levels of staff engagement, and ensuring frontline teams have the skills to improve care for patients. The Leeds Way has led to a step change in staff engagement meaning that Leeds Teaching Hospitals is now among the best performing Trusts in the national staff survey. Over 6,000 of our staff have so far engaged with The Leeds Improvement Method leading 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.