STRUCTURE: A consultant psychiatrist at Devon Partnership Trust’s Langdon Hospital has been appointed by NHS England as the inaugural chair of an important new mental health network.

Adrian James will lead the network looking into issues around mental health, dementia and neurology in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire. It is one of four networks being established in each region to monitor and drive forward improvements in key areas of healthcare.  The other three areas are cardiovascular care, maternity and children’s care and cancer.

Dr James said: “The network will operate across organisational and geographic boundaries and there is a host of issues that we hope to look into in due course.  We know that we have a couple of immediate priorities and one of the first is to improve the quality of the data that we have about mental health in the south west.”