Who we are

Dasha Nicholls

CCQI Clinical and Strategic Director – Audit and Research

Dasha Nicholls is the Clinical and Strategic Lead for National Audits and Research. She is a clinical academic specialising in the child and adolescent mental health, in particular eating disorders in young people. She is Clinical Reader of Child Psychiatry at Imperial College London, and part time Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Children and Young People's Eating Disorders Service at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. She was formerly Chair of the Eating Disorders faculty and Trustee at the RCPsych.

Peter Thompson

Senior Associate Director of CCQI

Peter is Senior Associate Director for the College Centre for Quality Improvement. He previously worked in CCQI from 2004 to 2016, establishing and managing many of the Centre’s accreditation and quality networks.

His most recent role was Head of Education, Standards and Quality Improvement at the Nursing and Midwifery Council where he was responsible for managing the quality assurance of UK education institutions delivering nursing and midwifery education. Peter is also a magistrate in Central London.

Alan Quirk

Head of Clinical Audit and Research

Alan has a PhD in sociology and has worked as a researcher at the College since 1998. Alan’s main areas of interest are shared decision-making in psychiatric practice, user and carer experiences of mental health care, qualitative research, questionnaire and interview development, and survey research.

Harriet Clarke

Head of Quality and Accreditation (Cluster 1)

Harriet returned to the CCQI in 2018 as Head of Quality and Accreditation (Cluster 1) covering a range of networks across inpatient and community services. She previously worked in the CCQI from 2011 to 2017, across quality networks for CAMHS and perinatal services as well as accreditation networks for adult acute inpatient and eating disorder services.

Her most recent role while away from the College was in CAMHS Commissioning at Camden CCG.

Hannah Lucas-Motley

Head of Quality and Accreditation (Cluster 2)

Hannah originally joined the CCQI as a Project Officer in 2015, working across the inpatient and community CAMHS networks (QNIC and QNCC). She went on to work on various projects and research programmes within the department, including LP-MAESTRO and the 2016-17 mental health CQUIN, before leaving the College to join the Royal College of Physicians and Faculty of Occupational Medicine as manager of their occupational health accreditation scheme.

In late 2018, Hannah returned to the CCQI as Programme Manager for the perinatal, CAMHS and eating disorder networks, and took up the role of Head of Quality and Accreditation for Cluster 2 in March 2021.

Mary Docherty

CCQI Clinical and Strategic Director – Quality Networks

Dr Mary Docherty is a Consultant in Liaison Psychiatrist currently working with working age and older adults at King’s college Hospital London. She is the Deputy Medical Director for Patient Safety at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has held previous roles working to improve the quality of care in mental health services with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Healthy London Partnership (HLP), NHS England and New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University New York.

She has interests in improving the quality and safety of care for all people living with mental health conditions. Her particular focus has been on how to improve outcomes and experience for people living with both physical and mental ill health. She has developed quality improvement networks, national policy, and a range of research in this field.

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