GP, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP/CCG Mental Health Clinical Lead, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Resident GP
I have worked in mental health clinical leadership roles for over 15 years. Most recently I have been focusing on developing a sustainable integrated community-based service model for both planned and unplanned mental health care. The model includes a First Response Crisis Mental Health Service with local Sanctuaries (non health-based places of safety) and a Primary Service for Mental Health (PRISM) which brings together specialist mental health, primary care and community services using a neighbourhood team model. I am currently a national adviser for the NICE programme of work developing a national community mental health pathway.
I am a practising GP in central Peterborough and have a weekly radio show “Health Matters” on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. In 2016 I was awarded the Health Education England “ East of England Leadership Award for Service Improvement and Innovation”. Our First Response Service won the Positive Practice Mental Health Award for acute/crisis care in October 2017 and in November 2017 I was runner up for “GP of the Year” and the winner of “Healthcare Leader of the Year”.