Danshell, a specialist provider of learning disability, autism and mental health services in the UK, has announced that Andrew Murray has been appointed as Chief Executive.
Efi Hershkovitz, current Chief Executive and founder of Danshell will take on the role of Executive Chairman to lead the Board through the company’s corporate objectives and continue the growth of Danshell as a leading national operator. Andrew Murray will take responsibility for the day to day operations of the business.
Over the last five years the company has expanded becoming a national provider and currently operates 26 specialist services across the country. Efi Hershkovitz, and the executive team have introduced a new leadership structure including regional management and new service managers. A refreshed Quality Strategy, gold standard clinical governance and the launch of the Danshell Academy have also been introduced.
Following a comprehensive review of its services and after detailed consultation with stakeholders a number of Danshell services have been reconfigured to meet local requirements promoting independence and care pathways for service users.
After overseeing this period of growth and consolidation Efi has handed the reins over to Andrew Murray.
Andrew joined Danshell Healthcare Group as Chief Operating Officer in September 2013. Prior to this he had been the CEO of the Inmind Healthcare Group for over 5 years.
He originally qualified as a nurse then as a social worker in the early 1990’s and he complemented this training with both teaching and management qualifications.
Andrew has worked in the health and social care sectors for more than 30 years and has held senior positions with both statutory and independent providers. In addition to his operational experience he spent several years lecturing in both Social Work Studies and on Nurse Training Programmes specialising in Care Management and Community Care.
For the last 20 years he has managed multi-site operations leading change processes to ensure services reflect the needs of service users and that they are responsive to changing values and expectations.
Efi Hershkovitz said: “I am incredibly proud of what has been built at Danshell, which I founded five years ago in order to fulfil my lifetime commitment and vision to make a difference to UK healthcare.
“I am proud that with passion and experience the business has stabilised and we have built the foundations for a stronger future. By creating the right framework of clinical governance Danshell has regained the confidence of commissioners in its services, which has led to a considerably higher rate of referrals and admissions.
“This has led me to decide that now is the right time for me to take a step back and, although I will remain as Executive Chairman, pass the day to day responsibility for running the company to Andrew Murray, who will take on the role of Chief Executive.
“Andrew has my full confidence and I know he will be an exemplary leader as the business grows and evolves and designs further ‘bespoke’ services tailored specifically to meet the needs of the commissioners within local markets.”
Andrew Murray said: “I know that I can rely on the support of the Board, senior management team and the exceptional staff Danshell has working in its services as the company continues on its challenging but rewarding journey.
“Danshell is reinforcing its reputation for delivering excellent care to its service users and for working collaboratively with commissioners. I am proud to be given the opportunity to build on this to ensure that it is sustainable and that Danshell leads the way across the sector and sets standards for other providers to aspire to.”