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Monday, 29 March 2021

Trust Welcomes new Medical Director

Trust Welcomes new Medical Director

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) is pleased to welcome Dr Billy Boland to the Trust as its new Medical Director.

Dr Boland, a Consultant Psychiatrist, comes to the Trust having previously worked as Deputy Medical Director at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, where he was also a Consultant in community psychiatry.

Having first trained as a Consultant Psychiatrist here at South West London and St. George’s Mental Health Trust, Billy is delighted to be coming back. “ I am really pleased to be coming back to South West London and St George’s where I first trained as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the noughties. This is an extraordinary period as the centrality of mental health in people’s overall health and wellbeing is becoming increasingly recognised. We know people who experience mental illness endure health inequalities, and there has never been a more important time to address these. I am excited to be able to be part of our efforts to continue to deliver high quality services for our patients, and to ensure we further improve services in the future.”

Trust Chief Executive, Vanessa Ford said, “I am delighted to be welcoming Billy back to SWLSTG as our new Medical Director. Billy brings a wealth of experience to the role and his commitment and dedication to improving the mental health of the communities we serve will help us to continue to improve the services that we provide. Billy will be taking over from Dr Charlotte Harrison who has been acting medical Director for the last 12 months and will continue in her role as Deputy Medical Director. Charlotte has been a pillar of strength over the last 12 months and will be key in helping the organisation move forwards in the future.”

Billy is an Honorary Senior Lecturer (Clinical) at the University of Hertfordshire. He was elected to the Royal College of Psychiatry General Adult Faculty Executive Committee in 2013 and took over as Chair in 2019.  Billy is also on the Advisory Board of the Money and Mental Health Policy Unit.


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