New Chief Executive appointed for Somerset Partnership

Date: 11 November 2015

After a comprehensive selection process, Dr Nick Broughton is to join the top team at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Broughton is currently Medical Director at West London Mental Health Trust, one of the largest specialist mental health trusts in the country. Alongside this role he is a Director for Imperial College Health Partners, a partnership between the academic and health communities in North West London, aimed at improving patient health by spreading best practice research across a range of health and social care areas.

Dr Broughton has more than 15 years’ experience as a Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is a Trustee of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity dedicated to helping young people look after their mental well-being.

Stephen Ladyman, Chairman of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust congratulated Dr Broughton on his successful appointment and said:

“Dr Nick Broughton brings to the Trust a wealth of both executive and clinical experience in mental health services. He also has an understanding of the challenges of tendering for and planning community services and his skills and experience will provide a good balance to those we already have in place on the Board.

“Dr Broughton also has experience of the voluntary sector and will be instrumental in strengthening our relationships and partnerships with this key group of charity and voluntary organisations.

“I believe Dr Broughton has the qualities and experience to lead Somerset Partnership through the challenges we face as a community and mental health Trust in Somerset, and the wider national landscape. On behalf of the Board, I welcome him to the Trust and I look forward to working alongside him.”

Dr Broughton was appointed after a rigorous recruitment procedure which saw carers, volunteers, staff and public Governors, Somerset Clinical Commission Group representatives and a range of senior Trust managers contribute to the selection of the successful candidate.

Dr Broughton spoke about his successful appointment and said:

“It is a huge honour to have been appointed as Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership and to be able to lead such a fantastic organisation. I greatly look forward to getting to know the Trust, its staff and those who use its services. Going forward I am determined to build on the tremendous work Edward Colgan has done during his tenure and ensure that Somerset Partnership continues to play a major role in providing healthcare across Somerset and the wider region.”

Dr Broughton hopes to start his new position in early February 2016. He replaces Edward Colgan who retires at the end of December 2015. Interim arrangements will be put in place for January 2016.

Dr Broughton is married with two children and enjoys all sport, including marathon running, golf and skiing.