Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust’s Chief Executive, Jinjer Kandola, MBE, is to take up the position of Chief Executive at neighbouring Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, in addition to her current role.
It follows the move by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Angela McNab (pictured), to leave C&I at the end of September to take on her new, overarching role as Joint Senior Responsible Officer for the London Mental Health Transformation Programme.
Ms Kandola’s appointment was made by both Trust Boards, and has been approved by the Council of Governors at C&I. Her new position at C&I will be effective from 1 October.
Her appointment will support the work that is currently underway as part of a Joint Mental Health Provider Review, whose aim is for both trusts to work more closely together in future. There are no plans for a merger and each trust, which are both rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, will continue to have its own trust board.
BEH and C&I Trust Chair, Jackie Smith, said: “While we are extremely sorry to see Angela leave, Jinjer’s appointment is a hugely positive move for both our organisations.
“As part of the NHS Long-Term Plan, our aim is for our Trusts to work together much more closely in the future with local health, social care and voluntary partners. We want to integrate the services we provide and ensure that everyone across our five boroughs has equal access to the right care at the right time and with the right outcome for them.
“A single Chief Executive across both our organisations will identify our wider, immediate priorities and ensure we work together seamlessly, reducing barriers and speeding up improvements.
“They will include reducing health inequalities, eliminating unwarranted variation across our services, improving outcomes for our service users and making both our organisations great places where people want to come to work and where they will stay.”
Jackie added: I would like to pay tribute to Angela who has been an exceptional Chief Executive and achieved a massive amount in her five and a half years at the Trust.
“Not least among her achievements, has been taking us from Requires Improvement to Good in our CQC rating; setting up our new mental health Crisis Assessment Centre as an alternative to A&E.
“Perhaps, most notably, she has left a lasting, visible legacy for generations to come by leading our flagship site redevelopment programme which will result in a widescale transformation of our estate, with a brand-new hospital at Highgate and state-of-the-art facilities across our communities”.
Sir David Sloman, Regional Director of the NHS in London, said: “Jinjer’s appointment is great news and will bring a wealth of experience to Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, and moves forward plans to work in collaboration to improve the mental health and wellbeing of local people. Angela leaves a fantastic legacy at the Trust and will be a brilliant leader of the London Mental Health transition programme.”