Dr Chris Fear has been appointed as the new Medical Director of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust’s current Medical Director Dr Paul Winterbottom is intending to return to full time clinical practice in March 2016. Dr Fear will formally start in the position later this year.
Trust Chief Executive Shaun Clee said: "Paul has been an exceptional Medical Director and when he told us of his plans to return to full time clinical practice we knew we would have a difficult task ahead to appoint his replacement.
"We know we have a very worthy successor in Chris, and I congratulate him on his appointment to the role. Chris has substantial experience and we look forward to the additional leadership he will now bring to the Trust, for the benefit our service users and carers."
Dr Fear is currently ²gether's Clinical Director in Herefordshire, Associate Medical Director and lead for psychosis and has for the Trust since 1996. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Chair of South West Division.
Following his appointment Dr Fear said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as the Trust’s new Medical Director. Paul will be a hard act to follow, but I relish the prospect of building upon his work and using my own experience to further enhance the services we provide across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire in the coming years."
Current Medical Director Dr Paul Winterbottom said: "I would like to congratulate Chris on his appointment. We have worked very closely together over many years, and my experience tells me that he will be a safe pair of hands to take up the reins as Trust Medical Director. I wish him well in the role."