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Learning disability nurse appointed chief executive of West Midlands trust

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A learning disability nurse has been appointed as new chief executive for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Roisin Fallon-Williams, who spent her early career in clinical roles in and around Hertfordshire within mental health and learning disability NHS organisations, will join the trust on 1 March 2019.

“I believe her experience and her leadership approach are well suited to leading us to tackle the challenges we are facing”

Sue Davis

Ms Fallon-Williams said she was “excited” to be continuing her career in the NHS and was aspiring to take BSMHFT to “new heights”.

The trust, which serves a population of 1.3 million, was rated Requires Improvement following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in March 2017.

Ms Fallon-Williams has held a variety of top-level positions since landing her first board director role in 2002 at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust.

Most recently, Ms Fallon-Williams was chief executive at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, where she worked for four years before leaving in May to take a career break. During her time there, the trust achieved an Outstanding rating from the CQC.

”I am excited that my career in the NHS is going to continue at Birmingham and Solihull”

Roisin Fallon-Williams

Reflecting on her new appointment, Ms Fallon-Williams said: “I am excited that my career in the NHS is going to continue at Birmingham and Solihull. 

“There are great things going on in the trust and I look forward to joining and supporting everyone in the team that is BSMHFT, to take the trust services forward and reach new heights,” she said.

Ms Fallon-Williams added: “The health and care organisations in Birmingham and Solihull have forged good relationships and have a well-established vision for working together to do their best for local people. I am very pleased to be joining other local leaders in this partnership.”

Sue Davis, chair of BSMHFT, said she was “delighted” to welcome Ms Fallon-Williams to the team.

“In her last role, and in interview, Roisin demonstrated an absolute focus on the link between staff engagement and quality services,” Ms Davis added.

“I believe her experience and her leadership approach are well suited to leading us to tackle the challenges and grasp the opportunities we are currently facing,” she said.

Ms Fallon-Williams will be taking over from John Short, who is retiring after six years at the helm of the trust.

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