South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new medical director – Dr Adrian Berry, who will officially take up the post on 1 October 2014.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services to the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. The Trust also provides specialist medium secure services to the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber.
Dr Berry has 17 years’ experience working as a consultant forensic psychiatrist. He joined the Trust in 1999 where he undertook the post of consultant forensic psychiatrist at Newton Lodge, the Trust’s medium secure inpatient unit. Whilst working for the Trust, Dr Berry has gained experience as associate medical director and programme director for specialist forensic training in Yorkshire and Humber.
In 2009, Dr Berry was appointed as director of forensic services, overseeing all developments and management of the Trust forensic services at Fieldhead in Wakefield.
As the Trust’s medical director, Dr Berry will provide advice and support to the chairman, chief executive, Trust Board and directors on all medical matters, he will be responsible for the professional leadership of all medical staff and the overall development of the medical workforce, contribute to the modernisation of services for local people and support the delivery of safe, sound and supportive services.
Dr Berry’s appointment follows the retirement of Dr Nisreen Booya, who will retire at the end of September. Steven Michael OBE, Trust chief executive said, “Nisreen has had a long and illustrious medical career and has served as medical director at the Trust for 11 years. Her contribution at Board level has been invaluable and warm wishes are offered for a long and happy retirement.
“I am delighted that Dr Berry will be taking up the post of medical director. He has already made a valuable contribution to the Trust over the years and I am thrilled that he will now continue this contribution as medical director. As we continue to develop our services – ensuring they continue to meet people’s needs and offer the best care outcomes, I am sure that Dr Berry’s skills and expertise will prove to be invaluable.”