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A new non-executive director has been welcomed to the board of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

Dominique Thompson, who lives in Bristol, was a GP for almost 20 years. She specialised in student health and specifically mental health, along with a special interest in eating disorders.

She sat on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines panel for the new eating disorder guidance published in May 2017 and created the primary care eating disorders service for the city of Bristol. Dominique was also named Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year in 2017.

After leaving clinical practice last September, Dominique felt that she had accumulated lots of skills in the field of mental health and wanted to put these to good use whilst supporting the NHS at a more strategic level.

She explained: “I thought the role seemed like a great opportunity for me to use my skills and knowledge in a new environment. It was important to me that I work with a trust covering young people and eating disorders, as this is where my expertise and interests lie.

“I think it’s really positive for any mental health trust to have a GP on the board as it means that primary care has a voice and is represented.”

Ingrid Barker, Chair of the Trust, welcomed Dominique to the Board. She said: “Dominique’s background as a GP will be invaluable to the Board as we work so closely with primary care. She will also help our thinking as we further develop our integrated services with our partners, Gloucestershire Care Services and GPs for local populations. Dominique brings her impressive intellect and knowledge of the NHS to the table as well as a passionate interest in young people.”