Hope in Haringey said thank you to local GP and mental health clinician who voluntarily chaired the Haringey Children and Young People’s Mental Health Committee for over 10 Years.  

 By Omar Alleyne-Lawler, Communications Manager

Celebrated by some of Dr Master’s closest colleagues during an intimate lunch at Fatisa, Wood Green, the afternoon was spent honouring a true leader in the mental healthcare space.

Guests came from a range of leadership, clinical and management roles from across the NHS and charity sectors, reflecting just how widespread David’s working partnerships reached.

Always thinking of ways to maximise the support for Haringey’s young people, David’s tenure is perhaps best marked by the Haringey CAHMS Transformation Plan. Recognising shortcomings in the old delivery model, David and his team overhauled operations protocols to be more efficient. This decision would be industry defining, as weeks later the COVID-19 pandemic would drive an increase in demand for mental health access to record levels.

Reflecting on Dr Master’s chairmanship, the Borough’s Integrated Care Board (ICB) Commissioner for CAMHS & Vulnerable Children, Vivienne Okoh encouraged her fellow guests to remember David as a positive influence. “You always knew that if David was chairing the meeting, you would be on the right track” before remarking “You could always rely on David. David was there through everything […] and [he] will be missed.”

Director of Hope in Haringey, Rev. John Wood MBE said: “Hope in Haringey were delighted to help recognise Dr David Masters’ ten year chairmanship of the CYP Mental Health Committee for Haringey.” He continued, “when statutory services are subject to continual change and reorganisation it is so important that local practitioners who know the area are able to give the continuity, experience and wisdom that statutory sector so needs to increase the effectiveness of their work, especially with local voluntary organisations.”