Throughout Mr Harrison’s career, he has demonstrated a record of leading the sustainable delivery of services to meet or exceed national standards. Having originally trained as a Research Biochemist, he joined the NHS General Management Training Scheme in 2002. Following graduation from the scheme, and attainment of a post graduate qualification in Health Services Management, he held a number of operational management posts in Medicine, Anaesthetics, and Surgery within a large teaching hospital.
During his operational management career, he has led on a number of service developments and reorganisations, including improving emergency surgical care across two hospital sites, the implementation of a regional Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Unit, the establishment of an interventional bronchoscopy service and the expansion of Special Care Dentistry services across Central Lancashire.
In 2008, he was successful in gaining a place on the North West Leadership Academy’s Aspiring Directors Programme. This focused on developing greater self-awareness and understanding of the role of a Board member. Mr Harrison now uses these skills by offering mentoring to junior managers and by supporting the Management Training Scheme locally and, on occasions, through the King’s Fund as part of their education component.
The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the day to day operational management of the Trust’s clinical services, the achievement of national, regional and Trust performance targets and translating Trust strategy, business, and policy development into operational reality. Duties also include responsibility for IT, Information, Estates and Facilities. In addition, Mr Harrison is the Chief Operating Officer lead for Urgent and Emergency Care and Stroke on behalf of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts.