The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has appointed Andy Roach as its new Director of Mental Health.

Andy, a fully-trained mental health nurse with more than 12 years’ experience at board level in health organisations, is scheduled to take up his new role in early June.

He was most recently at NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group as Director of Integration and Transformation. Within the role, he was responsible for an ambitious plan to reform how the CCG commissions services.

Andy was also the lead director on behalf of partner organisations across the Fylde Coast, providing system leadership and strategic management for the Fylde Coast Vanguard New Care Models programme. The scheme redesigned the way primary, secondary and voluntary sector health organisations worked together to deliver integrated healthcare to residents across the Fylde Coast.

Commenting on his new position, Andy said, ‘I’m looking forward to joining the health board to continue the development of safe, high quality mental health services across North Wales.

‘It’s important that we recognise where improvements can be made, and I’m encouraged by the progress that has already taken place to improve standards. I’m now looking forward to contributing to these efforts to deliver a modern mental health service for the whole region.

‘I’m keen to hear from and work with people involved in every aspect of delivering mental health, from our clinicians through to our patients’ families and carers, to investigate new ways of improving the service we provide.’

Gary Doherty, Chief Executive of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said, ‘Andy has impressed me with his drive and commitment to improve the standard of mental healthcare across North Wales.

‘He will also be looking to support and encourage all staff and carers in their delivery of mental health services, while also showcasing the examples of excellent care we know is provided on a daily basis.

‘Andy’s appointment follows the recent appointment of our new Executive Medical Director Dr Evan Moore and Executive Director of Nursing Gill Harris.’

Source: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board