Mr Steve Cumley

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Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust


Steve joined Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in April 2019 as Chief Operating Officer.

Steve studied at Leeds University qualifying as a diagnostic radiographer in 1999. He subsequently worked as a radiographer at Hull Royal Infirmary until he moved to Peterborough District Hospital in 2000, where he completed an MSc in Medical Imaging. Transitioning into operational management, Steve managed Ophthalmology at Peterborough before moving to University Hospitals Birmingham in 2006 as a Group Manager. He undertook a part time Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) graduating in 2009 from Aston Business School.

Steve held a number of divisional management positions at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), leading specialties through the move into the £545 million Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – Birmingham’s first new acute hospital for 70 years. As a Deputy Divisional Director of Operations, he was involved in the Trust’s designation as a Major Trauma Centre and was the operational lead in the management of casualties repatriated to the UK from overseas as part of the UHB’s hosting of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. As a Divisional Director of Operations, Steve oversaw the running of many of UHB’s surgical and medical specialties including its busy Emergency and Outpatients departments. In 2013, his leadership was instrumental in the design and implementation of Umbrella – an innovative partnership approach delivering integrated sexual health care across Birmingham and Solihull.

In 2017, Steve was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer of UHB, which then merged with Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2018 to become one of the largest NHS trusts and responsible for the care of over 2 million patients.

Steve has a particular interest in whole pathway redesign and integrated models of care, having worked on a number of transformational projects involving a range of partner organisations across the wider healthcare system.

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