New CCIO and Director of Therapies at Black Country NHS

Black Country NHS Foundation Trust has made two new appointments to their board. 

Dr Laura McGowan has been named as the new chief clinical information officer, and Lydia Jones has been recruited as the director of therapies at the trust.  

A new digital strategy is being launched at the trust soon, and the appointment of Dr Laura McGowan is set to form a key part of their digital journey.  

Chief Executive, Mark Axcell added: “We are delighted to appoint Lydia and Laura to these key roles. They bring a fantastic skillset and abundance of knowledge which will be invaluable to us achieving our vision as a trust moving forward, and to provide outstanding care to the population we serve. 

“As we continue to develop mental health, learning disability, and children’s services across the Black Country, having Lydia’s expertise from a therapeutic perspective will only strengthen this work, and we are very much looking forward to her joining our senior team. 

“Likewise, Laura has worked in the organisation for many years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge. She has a real passion for service improvement, co-production and IT and we can’t wait for her to start in her new role next month.” 

Dr Laura McGowan works at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Wolverhampton and is a clinical psychologist.  

Dr Laura McGowan said: “I am delighted to take up the position of CCIO within the Trust. It brings together my passions for high quality healthcare, modernisation of services and inclusion.  

“Digital health is now upon us all and staff and patient engagement will be vitally important in the implementation of our digital strategy to effectively achieve our clinical vision.” 

Lydia Jones has joined the trust from her previous role at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, she said of her appointment: “After qualifying as a physiotherapist, I initially specialised in stroke and neurological rehabilitation. It was after I had been in a number of team and service lead roles that my passion for leadership and service improvement was further ignited – which led me to additional studies and a master’s degree in leadership. 

“I am really looking forward to joining BCHFT and bringing the new clinical strategy to life with teams and services across the Trust. Together we can improve patient experience and create positive outcomes for the population of the Black Country and beyond, so I am really excited to be a part of this.”