Bermuda Hospitals Board today announces that Dr Anna Neilson-Williams has been appointed as chief of psychiatry, effective 15 August 2022. Dr Neilson-Williams has been the acting chief of psychiatry since September 2021.
The chief of psychiatry provides clinical direction and administrative leadership for mental health, substance use and intellectual disability services, and is accountable for the quality of care delivered. The position reports to the chief of staff and to the Board, and is a member of the Executive Team.
Dr Neilson-Williams first joined BHB in 2000 as a resident psychiatrist. She was a general practitioner from 2003 to 2009 with The Family Practice Group. During this time, from 2007-8, Dr Neilson-Williams was also the physician lead for the MWI Medical Outpatient Clinic and between 2008-9 she was the physician lead for the Continuing Care Unit at KEMH. Dr Neilson-Williams was previously the deputy chief of psychiatry, and from 2014 has been the director of BHB’s Continuing Medical Education programme.
Dr Neilson-Williams gained her medical degree with the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She also has a MSc with distinction in mental health: transcultural mental healthcare from the University of London, Queen Mary’s and Westfield College. In 2020 Dr Neilson-Williams was awarded a Fellowship from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK, in recognition to her contribution in Psychiatry. She also holds a diploma in Leadership and Management from the City & Guild of London Institute.
Chief of Staff, Dr Wesley Miller, comments: “I am very pleased to appoint Dr Neilson-Williams to this critical position at BHB. She has a deep understanding of the needs of mental health, substance use and intellectual disability services in Bermuda and helped lead the MWI Directorate Plan 2021-2026, which is guiding the development of services. As the project lead for the establishment of the Integrated Healthcare Clinic, Dr Neilson-Williams also is part of the evolution of services within BHB that is seeing better coordination and collaboration across sites and within the community. It is an exciting time to be in this vital role and Dr Neilson-Williams is the ideal person to help lead us through this time of change.”
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