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
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
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
"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
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
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."