Professor Bradley was Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), in the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) from 2005 until his retirement in July 2011.
Prior to taking up post as CNO he was Director of the Royal College of Nursing, Northern Ireland. His background is in general and mental health nursing, nurse education, public health, and commissioning of Health and Social Services. He was Chief Nurse and Director of Health Care in the Western Health and Social Services Board from 1997 – 2003. Currently he holds a range of Non – Executive Director and Trustee positions.
In 2011 he chaired a Ministerial Review of undergraduate nursing and midwifery education in the Republic of Ireland and in 2015 he undertook a Review of Non – Medical Prescribing for the Irish Health Service Executive. He has a particular interest in public health, targeting health and social need, community development, primary care, practice development, and professional regulation.