New chief executive to take the helm at a health trust

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A MENTAL health trust that provides some services in Hampshire has appointed a new chief executive.

Colm Donaghy will be taking over at the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on July 1, this year.

John Bacon, chairman of the Sussex Partnership, said: ‘I’m very pleased we have appointed someone of Colm’s calibre.

‘He is a highly experienced chief executive with considerable knowledge and expertise in health and social care.

‘Like every other part of the NHS, Sussex Partnership faces many challenges, not least the increasing demand upon mental health services that we are seeing across the country.

‘I am confident Colm has the drive, vision and leadership to help the trust continue to innovate and deliver high quality care to the patients and communities we serve.’

Mr Donaghy is currently the chief executive of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust – the largest healthcare provider in Northern Ireland.

He said: ‘Mental health affects one in four of us and is a major cause of premature death. But we clearly have a way to go to achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health care.

‘Having had experience of managing the full range of community and hospital health and social care services, I hope I will be able to make a significant contribution this important issue when I join Sussex Partnership in the summer.’