Paul Burstow named new Trust Chair

22 September 2015

Paul Burstow, former MP and Minister for Care Services in the Coalition Government between 2010-2 and lifelong campaigner for social care and mental health, will be joining us as the new Trust Chair on the 1 November. 

Paul BurstowThe appointment was approved by the Council of Governors last week following an extensive recruitment process. There was a strong field which reflects the esteem in which the Trust is held. 

Born at St Helier Hospital in 1962, Paul Burstow comes from a family of tailors – his father worked on Savile Row. He went to school at Glastonbury High School for Boys (now Abbey Primary School) and later studied at the South Bank Polytechnic in London. Paul was the Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam for 18 years between 1997 and 2015. In the latter role he developed new talking therapy services for children and young people and was instrumental in the design of Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, banning age discrimination in the NHS and doubling investment in dementia research.

Following his return to the backbenches in 2012, he chaired three independent commissions: one on improving mental health with the think-tank CentreForum; one on the Future of Residential Care with Demos; and one on home care with the Local Government Information Unit. He also chaired a Parliamentary Committee of Peers and Commons examining the Care Bill producing a highly influential report.

Paul said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust has a reputation for its leadership and innovation in mental health.  Whether it is the trailblazing work the Trust is doing in Hackney and Camden with primary care, or its efforts to develop a better approach to promoting the mental health of children and young people the Trust is leading the way on treating both mind and body.

"As well as delivering great services, the Trust is also in the forefront of educating and training the workforce of the future.  While all the talk is now of integration and working across disciplines, a multi-disciplinary approach has been at the heart of what the Tavistock and Portman has delivered both clinically and in its training and education for years.

"I look forward to working with the Governors and Board to help the Trust achieve its ambitions."

Paul has campaigned for the vulnerable since the 1980s and has an exemplary track record of achieving improvements for the elderly, chronically-ill and disadvantaged. He is married to Mary, a Councillor in Cheam, and has three children.

Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, said:

“I am delighted that Paul Burstow will be joining us as our new Chair.  He brings a very well recognised commitment to mental health which he has demonstrated clearly in his time both as a MP and Minister. I look forward to working with him in developing the Trust’s work and, in particular, championing the contribution which we can make to developing new and sustainable models of care which offer an effective and integrated response to the mental as well as physical health needs of patients, families and communities.”


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