Dr Amanda Gatherer joined Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust as its new director of psychological services and head of psychology this month.
Amanda’s role will be to provide strategic and professional leadership for psychological services across the trust.
Prior to this appointment Amanda was associate director of psychological services at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and service manager for a large, primary care based psychological therapies service.
Amanda has extensive clinical, teaching and research experience including previously a senior position within the Coventry University Doctorate training course in clinical psychology. She continues to provide expert support to the NHS West Midlands in the on-going development of psychological therapies services in primary care.
Amanda said: “I am excited by the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for me here in Birmingham. Recent years have seen a substantial focus on improving access to psychologically based interventions across all areas of health care.
“I am looking forward to working with colleagues and also with those who may use our services to ensure that all of the care we provide is accessible, psychologically informed and effective.”
Sue Turner, our chief executive, said: “I am extremely pleased that Amanda is joining our senior team, at such an important time for our trust, as she will help us take strides in delivering improved care to our patients.
“She is a very talented individual who possesses a wealth of expertise, knowledge and leadership qualities, which will be vital in helping drive forward developments in psychological services.”