Community Medical Director Dr Mark Williamson has recently joined The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to take up a new position as Community Medical Director. This role has been created following the Trust’s merger with Rotherham Community Health Services.
Dr Williamson is a GP by background, with a distinguished career in Medical Management in Primary Care Trusts, the Department of Health and also with Connecting for Health. He remains a practising GP in Hull, but will also be a key support to the Chief of Community Services Andy Irvine in taking forward the Trust’s strategy for developing Community Services across Rotherham.
Dr Williamson says: “I am really looking forward to my role with the Trust. This is clearly a very high quality organisation entering a period of transformation and transition, with new capabilities and ways of working. I am enthused and excited by my new role in helping the Trust to realise the numerous opportunities to further enhance the quality of patient care these changes present.
“My new role will have a major contribution to the development of new services and pathways between the hospital, community, primary care and social services, and to enable the most effective and efficient use of the urgent care the Trust provides in the hospital and the community."
Dr Williamson continues: “I know a lot about primary and community care having been a medical director in Health Authorities and PCTs, but mainly as a practitioner caring for patients. I know the potential of multi-disciplinary teams to deliver the broad and complex range of care a person needs to manage well at home despite their ailments and problems. By integrating the acute and community sector and by working closely with primary and social care and their commissioners, we are really breaking new and challenging ground at the Trust.
“Working in an integrated Foundation Trust with the highest of reputations, at a time of great change and opportunity is going to be both exciting and challenging. My priorities are to improve care for patients, assure the professional experience and fulfilment of clinicians, and promote the profile and success of the Trust”