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Dr David Fearnley – Medical Director David did his postgraduate studies in psychiatry in South Wales and moved to Merseyside in 1998 to train as a forensic psychiatrist before being appointed as Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Ashworth Hospital in 2001. In August 2005 he was appointed Medical Director for Mersey Care. Some of David’s achievements include: improving standards of care, especially seclusion; reducing locum costs and increasing recruitment to long term vacant consultant posts across the Trust, demonstrated by increased patient satisfaction with their psychiatrists in successive national surveys. He has also developed an action learning approach to leadership for trainee psychiatrists. David won the 2009 Royal College of Psychiatrists’ (RCPsych) Psychiatrist of the Year award. For three years he has been the College Special Advisor on Appraisal. Currently lead for quality in the Trust. He is also a member of the AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance) Board.
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