Britain’s biggest mental health trust appoints first board-level comms director

Ranjeet Kaile has been appointed the first ever board-level director of communications, stakeholder engagement and public affairs at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, PRWeek can reveal.

Ranjeet Kaile will start his new job at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in March
Ranjeet Kaile will start his new job at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in March

Kaile, who is currently director of comms, stakeholder engagement and public affairs at South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, will start in his new role in March 2021.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) offers the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK and provides inpatient care for more than 5,000 people a year – as well as treating some 45,000 patients in the community.  

Kaile will be leading staff engagement to help drive up better patient outcomes, as well as promoting the work of the trust. Leading a team of about 30 people, one of his first priorities will be comms relating to a new £140m estates programme.

“I am delighted to continue my career in the mental health services where I have spent the last 12 years," he said. "This is a great organisation with hugely dedicated staff working tirelessly to bring the best care and treatment to some of the most vulnerable people in society.”

David Bradley, chief executive of SLaM, said: “I am delighted that we have appointed someone of Ranjeet’s calibre into our organisation. Ranjeet will make sure that we continue to engage our workforce which we know leads to better patient outcomes.”

He added that Kaile “will be working closely with our world-class clinical staff to help provide opportunities for local people to get involved, understand more about mental health and to aspire to work, at all levels, within our organisation”.

Onwards and upwards

Kaile’s career in comms spans 20 years. After graduating from the University of East Anglia, he started out as marketing assistant at Hounslow Borough Council. He stayed there for three years, during which time he progressed to become marketing manager. 

He then spent four years at Lambeth Borough Council, where he was head of marketing. In 2008 Kaile moved to the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where he was head of marketing and comms.

In 2013 he joined South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, where he has led a culture change programme that resulted in a nine per cent improvement in staff engagement. Earlier this year Kaile worked with the BBC on a two-part documentary, ‘Stacey Dooley on the Psych Ward’, which was filmed at the Trust’s Springfield University Hospital.

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