New colleagues will help us support mental health services

We've expanded our nursing team to provide more intensive support to NHS mental health services across England.

These appointments will help us as we work with the NHS, and national health partners, to integrate mental and physical healthcare.

Who is joining the team?

We welcome the appointment of:

  • Dr David Fearnley, Deputy National Clinical Director for Mental Health
  • Dr Mike Hunter, Associate National Clinical Director for Mental Health
  • Andy Brogan, Associate National Clinical Director for Mental Health
  • Sarah Khan, Head of Delivery for Mental Health 

Other updates

The team has also been joined by expert advisors for learning disability, medicine and pharmaceutical services, older people’s mental health and dementia, patient safety, and urgent and emergency care.

As well as making sure mental health and physical services are brought closer together, the team will be working closely with NHS England to look to reduce the stigma of mental health and the inequalities in care, including those experienced by BAME communities, and to ensure that children and young people get mental health care quickly and reliably. 

Making sure that the thousands of people who rely on mental health services can continue to receive great, efficient care is vital to their well-being. The NHS works around the clock to support all those who need it, but we know that we need to delve deeper to better support mental health services to be more in line with physical care. 

Ensuring people of all ages can receive the right mental health care within their own communities, as close to home as possible, is vital. We need to continue to support the NHS so it can provide mental health care wherever it is needed, whether in primary care, in A&E, in acute hospitals, in schools or even within the NHS workforce itself. 

Work is now underway at NHS Improvement to look at how care for people with mental health needs are delivered as a whole and how we can support trusts - mental health, acute and community - across England to bring mental and physical health closer together. These appointments bring a wealth of experience on to the team, which I’m sure will help us start to achieve the ambitions we have set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS Improvement and NHS England

I am delighted that our team at NHS Improvement has grown because we must play our part to support the delivery of compassionate, safe and effective care to people with mental health and learning disability needs. 

Building on the work we are currently doing, I am sure our new team will help us better understand how we can support NHS services across England.

Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement

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