Dr Sara Munro
Role: Chief Executive
What I do
I lead the team of executive directors who along with the chair and the non-executive directors make up our Trust Board. The Trust Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the organisation.
I am also a senior leader within a wider group of chief executives and chief officers that come together to look at health and social care provision across Leeds and across West Yorkshire.
How I contribute to improving the experience of service users and carers
I ensure we set the right objectives for our organisation which reflect the needs of our service users, carers and local communities. I then have to make sure we provide the right support including resources for our staff to deliver the best possible mental health and learning disability services for the people we serve, that we monitor how well we are doing and that we include service users, carers, communities and our staff in the decisions we make about our services.
I was appointed to the post of CEO on 5 September 2016 and this is my first chief executive post. I started my career in the NHS as a student nurse and agency nursing assistant. I am a registered mental health nurse and my clinical work was spent in inpatient mental health settings.
I have worked across a range of NHS mental health providers in the North West of England. I have also completed a PhD looking at attitudes of acute mental health nurses and their impact on service users experience of care. Prior to working at our Trust I was the Director of Quality and Nursing/Deputy CEO in Cumbria. I relocated to Leeds in September with my husband and two children to take up this post.
Nationally, I am also a board member of the Positive Practice Collaborative and actively contribute to the Time to Change programme looking at attitudes of professionals towards mental health.