Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of Professor Louise Bryant as its new non-executive director (NED) from the prestigious University of Leeds, School of Medicine. This appointment comes as a significant step forward for the Trust, bringing in a seasoned professional with extensive expertise in the field of medicine and health.

Professor Louise Bryant is currently a Professor of Psychological and Social Medicine at the University of Leeds, where she also serves as the Deputy Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. With a strong background in academic psychology, her research primarily focuses on screening in pregnancy and the health inequalities experienced by individuals with a learning disability.

In addition to her academic commitments, Professor Bryant actively contributes to national healthcare initiatives. She is a distinguished member of the UK National Screening Committee and serves as an advisor to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP). Notably, she chairs the FASP Information and Education sub-group, which oversees the development of evidence-based, high-quality information for women and their partners. Furthermore, she leads efforts in education and training for healthcare professionals involved in screening.

Professor Bryant’s ties to Bradford run deep, having both worked and studied in the city. She brings with her a profound understanding of the community and its healthcare landscape, making her appointment all the more valuable to the Foundation Trust.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Dr Maxwell Mclean, Chairman of the Trust, stated, “I am delighted to welcome Louise to the Board and look forward to working with her. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and insights that will be a real asset to the Trust.” With Professor Bryant’s appointment, the Trust anticipates the realization of its vision through her contributions and dedication.

The appointment of Professor Louise Bryant as the new non-executive director signifies Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s commitment to securing exceptional talent to guide and shape its strategic endeavours. As the Trust moves forward, Professor Bryant’s wealth of expertise and commitment to health equity is expected to enhance the quality of care provided to the community.