Sarah Brennan – Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Brennan

Position: Chief Operating Officer


Tell us about your career to date:

1997-2001 – De Montfort University, Leicester – Masters in Pharmacy (MPharm)

2001-2002 – Pre-registration year – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester

July 2002- Jan 2003 – Relief Pharmacy Manager, Gordon Davies Pharmacies, Leicester

Jan 2003- July 2004 – Pharmacy Manager, Co-op Pharmacy, Earl Shilton

July 2004 – Jan 2006 – Clinical Support Pharmacist, Trinity Chiesi Pharmaceuticals.

Jan 2006-Jan 2007 – Medicines Management Pharmacist, East Staffordshire PCT and Locum Community Pharmacist

Jan 2007 – November 2011 – Pharmacy Manager, Lloyds Pharmacy, Guernsey

Nov 2011 – April 2014 – Superintentendent Pharmacist, Holt Medical Practice, Norfolk

April 2014 – April 2016 – Head of Pharmacy Services, SSAFA, Germany

May 2016 – October 2018 – Head of Medicines Management, Bridgewater

October 2018 – November 2019 – Director of Operations Health and Justice, Bridgewater NHS CHFT

November 2019 – July 2020 – Director of Strategic Delivery, Bridgewater CHFT

July 2020 – Present – Chief Operating Officer, Bridgewater CHFT

2014 – Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (Community) – Bradford University

2015 – Pharmacist Independent Prescriber – Robert Gordon University


What is the most important thing for you in your role?

As the Chief Operating Officer I am responsible for ensuring that services operate in a safe and effective way and that they deliver care that meets the standard required.

I have an important role in developing and maintaining relationships with our key partners and reviewing how we can deliver services in a more integrated way to achieve the best outcomes for the populations that we serve.


What is the biggest achievement of your career so far?

My biggest career achievement to date is getting the job as Chief Operating Officer.


What is your main focus for the year?

My key areas of focus are supporting services to effectively manage the longer term impact of COVID-19 and to deliver their recovery plans and ensure that we see patients in a timely way.

I am also keen to continue to work with partners to integrate our services so together we can deliver the high quality, safe and effective services which best utilise the system resources.


What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy how varied my role is and working with people both internal and external to the organisation.

No two days are ever the same in an operational role and there is always something to do which keeps me busy and I learn something every day!

I genuinely want to make a difference and I feel that the Chief Operating Officer role allows me to do this.