Leading provider of specialist health and community care services, the Jeesal Akman Group, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Chris Mckenna as Managing Director for Jeesal Akman Care Corporation Ltd, the health care division of the Group.
Mr McKenna, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, brings with him over 30 years of healthcare experience in both the NHS and the private sector, holding several senior clinical and leadership roles. In 1997 Mr McKenna decided to create better health care provision for those suffering with mental health problems. Together with his colleagues, he founded Care Principles Ltd, a highly successful healthcare organisation, providing several specialist services for adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems. Their success allowed Care Principles to be one of the top five providers, until his exit in 2007. Following his departure, Mr McKenna continued to practice his profession and to provide consultancy, as well as sitting as an independent healthcare representative on national government forums, such as the reduction of patients in specialist hospitals, together with advising learning disability services on how to achieve their objectives in providing outstanding care.
Mr McKenna will take on the leadership of Jeesal Akman Care Corporation as Managing Director, starting with the company’s flagship service, Cawston Park; furthering the companies ‘Building the Right Support’ philosophy. This step increases the service's commitment to providing excellent care and treatment.
Cawston Park strives to go the extra mile in delivering person-centred care to all its service users and their families, understanding that family contact is often fundamental to service users’ care and treatment. Cawston Park has also recently assisted with CQC’s thematic review of the use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation, believing that a reduction in these measures is imperative for providing outstanding care. Therefore, the appointment of Mr McKenna takes great strides to demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to building the right support.
Tugay Akman, Chief Executive Officer, said “Chris McKenna’s combination of experience, knowledge and drive makes him an ideal fit for Jeesal Akman Care Corporation Limited’s next stage of growth, and we are delighted to have him on board. Attracting someone of Dr McKenna’s calibre into our organisation is a wonderful endorsement of our strategy and ambition. Mr McKenna’s appointment will complement the existing senior management team at Cawston Park Hospital, and his leadership will create new opportunities to take us to the next level in terms of the quality of service we provide”.
Mr McKenna added: “My background of a combination of senior clinical work, together with managerial and service delivery, allows me to take control of Cawston Park Hospital on behalf of Jeesal Akman Care Corporation Limited. I have spent 30 years working tirelessly to ensure excellent service provision and the development of positive cultures of care for those who require specialist treatment. My vision is to continue to ensure, above all else, that Jeesal Akman Care Corporation Limited and Cawston Park Hospital provides first-class care and treatment, but most importantly a culture of care that places emphasis on dignity, respect and reciprocity between staff and those who use our services”.