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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust appoints new Executive Medical Director

Published: 25/11/2015

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) has announced the appointment of Dr Hilary Grant as Executive Medical Director, to succeed Dr Peter Lewis who will be retiring in March 2016 after seven years in the role.
Dr Grant has been with the Trust for 12 years, the last three as a clinical director. She played a significant role in the development and opening of the Trust’s Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in 2003 and has undertaken extensive service development and redesign which led to the service being shortlisted for an HSJ award in 2010, winning a National Patient Safety Award in 2011 and being the first unit in the country to be accredited by the National Autistic Society in 2012. As clinical director she has undertaken a whole-system change process regarding clinical governance within the youth division and has ensured young people are directly involved in clinical governance.

Hilary Grant

When Dr Grant takes up her new post in April 2016, she will be responsible amongst other things for medical, psychology and pharmacy leadership at the Trust and alongside Executive Director of Nursing, Sue Hartley, she will lead on clinical governance and quality standards.
John Short, Chief Executive at BSMHFT, said: “We are delighted to have made this appointment, which follows a national recruitment campaign. Since joining the Trust in September 2003, Hilary has been a tireless advocate for service user empowerment and raising standards of care in Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The same commitment, expertise and drive to raise quality standards have been evident since Hilary became a clinical director in December 2012. As a Trust we are committed to the greater empowerment of service users and carers and involving clinical staff in leadership and management decisions, and this appointment is a really positive step towards these goals.”