Associate National Clinical Director for Secure Mental Health, NHS England
Dr David Fearnley was appointed Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in 2001, at Ashworth Hospital, one of three high security hospitals in England.
He was appointed Medical Director for Mersey Care NHS Trust in 2005).
A former Psychiatrist of the Year (2009) by the Inaugural Royal College of Psychiatrists, David also received the Healthcare Financial Management Association (in association with the Academy of Royal Colleges) ‘Working with Finance – Clinician of the Year’ award (2013).
He was named in HSJs “100 Clinical Leaders List” (2015) as Mersey Care Trust’s driving force behind an international partnership with The Risk Authority, Stanford, and Lockton insurance brokers to manage and predict risk in mental health.
He is taking part in research with colleagues in Liverpool and at The Risk Authority, Stanford testing a new app that may help prevent suicide.
In 2016, David was appointed Associate National Clinical Director for Secure Mental Health and Chair of the Adult Secure Clinical Reference Group, NHS England.
In 2017, David was also appointed as the Deputy National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS Improvement.