Meet our new national clinical director for mental health

We've appointed Professor Tim Kendall to help us to continue our work in supporting improvement in mental health services across England.

Professor Kendall is taking up this post alongside his role under the same title at NHS England, where he has been in post since April 2016. He will join our nursing directorate as an expert advisor to our senior leadership team and help us to continue our work in supporting improvement in mental health services across England.

Professor Kendall's background

Before taking up his post, Tim has been Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 15 years and Visiting Professor at University College London for the last eight years.

Tim has also been Medical Director for 13 years and continues as Consultant Psychiatrist for the homeless at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

I am delighted to welcome Professor Tim Kendall to NHS Improvement as our national clinical director for mental health. In this role he will help shape our approach to engaging with providers across England and enable us to understand what more we can do to support how mental health services can be improved.

It is vital that in everything we do we are considering both the patient’s physical and mental wellbeing in equal measure. Tim comes to NHS Improvement at a time where our work towards achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health in the NHS is a priority for us.

Tim is taking on this role alongside his current position as the national clinical director for mental health at NHS England. As part of our commitment to working closely with NHS England in the mental health forward view, it is only right that Tim sits across both our organisations. This will align our approaches so we can better support the NHS as it continues to improve services for those who need mental health care.

Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement

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Professor Tim Kendall

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