Danshell operates secure and acute CAMHS services in the South East of England under the Oakview name, and provides care, support and beds to children and adolescents who have mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities.
A qualified mental health nurse, Paul has a wealth of experience in managing CAMHS services in both the NHS and private sector. He has both corporate and operational expertise and joins Danshell from the Priory Group where he was Service Line Director for the Group’s young people’s services.
Paul will work with commissioners, regulators and the staff team to implement tangible changes to ensure the delivery of a consistent and sustainable high-quality service.
Paul Bentham said: “Danshell is a well-managed, credible company already offering a high level of care and treatment for the vulnerable young people it supports.
“As a CAHMS professional I really want to make a difference and Danshell strives for excellence, which fits perfectly with my own ethos. I plan to build on the already good work being carried out as we can never rest on our laurels and I want Danshell’s CAMHS provision to be the benchmark other providers aspire to.”
Efi Hershkovitz, the chief executive and founder of Danshell, said: “The private sector can provide a solution to the problem of a massive shortage of beds for young people with mental health problems.
“Paul’s appointment demonstrates to commissioners, regulators and stakeholders, that Danshell is committed to providing innovative, safe, high quality CAMHS services – and bringing in the very best people to help deliver them.”