Toby Lewis

Toby Lewis Chief Executive of the Trust

April 2013.

Accountable officer with statutory duties to ensure safety, financial probity, and partnership.

MSc in Organisational Psychology from Birkbeck College, London.  BA in Modern History from Wadham College, Oxford. Graduate of NHS Management Training scheme (1994), King’s Fund Top Managers Programme (2004), and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Executive Quality Academy (2012).  Part of NHS Top Leaders cadre.

Experience/Areas of Interest
Toby has 25 years in the service, initially in mental health and primary care before moving into hospital management.  He worked for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University College Hospital, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals and Barts Health.  He went on to spend two years in the Downing Street Delivery Unit (2003-05).  Toby was appointed in 2013 at SWBH, and it is his fifth Board appointment and his first as Chief Executive.  Shortlisted in 2017 as Chief Executive of the Year in the HSJ awards, Toby has led the organisation towards their 2020 vision to become renowned as the best integrated care system in the health service.  He also acts as Senior Responsible Officer for both local Care Alliances (ICPs) and chairs the Local Maternity System within the STP.  He is audit chair and a council member for Aston University.

The completion of the delayed acute super centre, the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, will improve quality and drive regeneration in Ladywood, Sandwell and Perry Barr.  In 2018 a third Trust service, Critical Care, was recognised by the CQC as outstanding, joining community children’s service, awarded in 2014, and End of Life Care, awarded in 2017.  The organisation improved their regulatory rating, and achieved an outstanding rating for caring.  The aim remains a good rating overall, which demands a change in standard within emergency care and unplanned acute medicine. The Board are driving towards delivery of ambitious safety, quality, public health, education and research plans.  SWBH works in collaboration with many partners, notably the third sector.  The organisation has been widely recognised for its work on diversity and inclusion.  Community wealth and tackling inequality is as vital to future health outcomes as direct care.

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