22 February 2013

New clinical director appointments

As part of the Trust's new management structure we have now appointed five further clinical directors.

The appointments are:

  •  Dr Sammad Hashmi - Swindon
  •  Dr John Owen - South Gloucestershire
  •  Dr Bill Bruce-Jones - Bath and North East Somerset
  •  Dr Eva Dietrich - North Somerset
  •  Dr Tim Williams - specialist drug and alcohol services (SDAS)

The postholders will provide clinical leadership to staff, ensuring the delivery of recovery focused, cost-effective services which meet the highest standards of safety and quality and are in line with commissioner expectations. 

Sammad Hashmi has worked in Swindon since January 2012 in a variety of roles including providing clinical leadership to service developments and improvements in the locality. He is also medical lead for Swindon community services. He is particularly keen on engaging stakeholders in the work of AWP and working with other local care providers.

Sammad said, "I am delighted to be appointed as the clinical director for Swindon. We plan to build on the improvements and successes of the past year and continue delivering high class patient focus service with quality of care at the heart of everything we do."

John Owen, of South Gloucestershire Primary Care Liaison Service, has worked in South Gloucestershire for 20 years as a consultant psychiatrist and has built up a wide network of relationships within and outside the locality during that time.

He said: "Although I have primarily worked with adults of working age, more recently I have been involved with services for older adults. I am currently chair of the Trust's medical advisory group which has given me a broader perspective regarding the pressures on the Trust as well as the opportunities that are open to the organisation.

"I am delighted that there will be a greater emphasis on clinical involvement and local management in the future and I am keen to take this revamped structure forward into a new era."

Bill Bruce-Jones, who has been a consultant psychiatrist with the Trust since 1994, has more than 10 years' experience of leadership roles and is currently the Trust's medical lead for liaison services. With an impressively broad experience of both inpatient and community services, Bill has led on service developments and has strong relationships with internal colleagues and with external stakeholders alike.

He said, "Patient care is always my core focus and I am determined to ensure that our services in Bath and North East Somerset provide the highest possible quality of treatment and care - both for service users and from a carer perspective. With this in mind I place huge value and importance on working in partnership with other health and social care organisations."

Eva Dietrich, based with the intensive support team at Long Fox, has worked in North Somerset since 2005 in a variety of roles in inpatient and community services. She was the medical lead in North Somerset from 2010. She has long been involved in education and is a senior clinical lecturer in psychiatry at Bristol University. Eva also has a special interest in perinatal mental health. 

She said: "This role is an exciting opportunity to strengthen the voice of clinicians in the Trust. I want to involve every member of staff in developing services based around the needs of the people we care for."

In addition to the locality clinical directors, Tim Williams has been appointed clinical director for SDAS. Tim has worked with AWP since 2005 and has specialised in addiction for the last three years. He brings a strong vision and a passion for empowering service users to take control of their own recovery.

Tim said: "Recovery must be at the heart of everything we do in specialist drug and alcohol services. I intend to cultivate the positive energy that we already have in SDAS and build on our 'can-do' culture. I consider this appointment to be a privilege, an opportunity to reinforce our focus on recovery, break down barriers to recovery and to support staff and service users alike to make positive changes."

The appointments were made following a robust selection process which included third sector, service user, commissioning and local authority representation as well as the chief executive, medical and nursing directors. They follow  the recent appointments in Bristol of James Eldred as clinical director and Will Hall as associate clinical director for service development.

Chief executive Iain Tulley said: "These appointments bring us significantly closer to achieving the strong, locally-focused management structure that the Trust needs. Sammad, Eva, John, Bill and Tim are respected by staff, service users and carers alike and each brings a unique set of qualities, skills and experience to the Trust's clinical leadership."

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