Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust has a new medical director, after current director Dr Tim Webb decided to step down.

The new medical director, Dr Mike Lowe, was previously a part-time medical director for South Essex Partnership Foundation Trust.

He also spent 26 years working as a consultant psychiatrist in the Thurrock area of South Essex, where he began to take an interest in the management side of medicine.

Dr Lowe said he aims to foster and maintain high standards in psychiatry in Suffolk.

The role of medical director also includes the post of Caldicott Guardian, which involves protecting the confidentiality of patients.