Dr David Fearnley, Medical Director


Name: Dr David Fearnley

Position: Medical Director

Date of Appointment: August 2005

Membership of Board Committees:                      

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee
  • Perfect Care and Wellbeing  Advisory Panel
  • Quality Assurance Committee


  • Basic psychiatry training (1994 to 1998) and then higherforensic psychiatrytraining(1998 to 2001 – Mersey Deanery),workinginhighand medium secureunits
  • Appointedasa Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist,AshworthHospitalin2001
  • Clinical Directorof Mental Health Services and then Associate Medical Director, Ashworth Hospital
  • Medical Director of Mersey Care(since 2005)
  • Deputy Chief Executive, Mersey Care (2007 to 2010)
  • Executive Director for High Secure Services (2007-08)
  • Executive Director for Local Services Division (since July 2013)
  • Responsible Officer for medical revalidation (Mersey Care) since 2011
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Special Advisor on Appraisal(2009 to 2012)
  • Awarded Royal College of Psychiatrists ‘Psychiatrist of the Year’ 2009
  • Chaired the North West Mental Health Care Pathways Group(2009 to 2010)
  • Chaired Merseyside mental health QIPP project (2010)
  • Board Member Advancing QualityAlliance(AQuA)(2011 to 2014)
  • Led on four national revalidation pilots in collaboration with trusts across Merseyside
  • Trust lead for INTERREGIVB3 yearInnovate Dementia project,one of eight partners across North West Europe
  • Mental health clinical lead, Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Clinical Network (2013 to 2014)
  • Member of the steering group for the Liverpool Mayor’s Health Commission (2013 to 2014)
  • HFMA Working with Finance – Clinician of the Year (2013).


  • MB BCh
  • MSc
  • FRC Psych.
  • MBA.


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