DAVID Sims has been appointed medical director of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Previously the deputy director, he has nearly 30 years’ experience in the NHS.

In his new role, he has overall responsibility for areas including medical leadership and staffing and the trust’s research and development activity.

Mr Sims ­– a child and adolescent psychiatrist – has been a consultant for 20 years, and is currently an autism and intellectual disability specialist for the trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

He works with CAMHS to run clinics for special-school nurses, to better support young people, their families and schools.

Mr Sims said: “I’m excited to be appointed to the director role and continuing to work with our clinical teams to develop our in-patient and community mental health services, so that they meet our communities’ needs.”

The appointment is welcomed by the trust’s chief executive, Brent Kilmurray. He said: “I’m delighted David has been appointed to this key role which provides senior professional leadership for our medical team. He brings a wealth of experience to the executive team.”