Dr David Fearnley, Medical Director of Mersey Care NHS Trust and Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed as Associate National Clinical Director for Mental Health Secure Services for NHS England.
The prestigious role follows Dr Fearnley’s work for Mersey Care since 2001, including specialising in High Secure Psychiatry, while he has been Medical Director at the Trust since 2005.
He has also been seconded as joint Medical Director at Calderstones since May 2015, leading the development of new models of secure learning disability and autism services at a time of significant change. Both Trusts have been awarded ‘good’ ratings by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the last year following inspections of their services.
“I’m delighted to accept this post and hope to promote all the good work done at Mersey Care and Calderstones in my new role,” said Dr Fearnley.
“These are challenging times for all health services and in mental health we have had to look at different ways of providing our services and Mersey Care and Calderstones have worked together effectively to determine mutually beneficial services.
“I hope to bring that experience of working together and looking at ways we can improve our existing services and protocols to this new role.”
Dr Fearnley is a former Psychiatrist of the Year in 2009 with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Healthcare Financial Management Association ‘Working with Finance – Clinician of the Year' in 2013.
Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s Chief Executive, added: “I warmly congratulate this appointment which is a welcome recognition of Dr Fearnley’s strong clinical reputation and his achievements in delivering high quality care for our patients.”