The NCCMH is a collaboration between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and University College London.
We review the evidence and co-produce guidance, standards, workforce competences and quality improvement initiatives to enable the delivery of high-quality, equitable mental health care.
Founded in 2001 by Tim Kendall and Steve Pilling, the NCCMH developed 36 NICE mental health guidelines. Since 2016, the NCCMH has continued to develop evidence-based guidance as well as quality improvement initiatives, workforce competences and reviews, to support the delivery of high-quality mental health care.
At the NCCMH, we care about people’s mental health and wellbeing. We believe everyone should have equal access to high-quality mental health care, with a platform to voice their needs, at home and work or in education, and in hospital and the community.
To help make this happen, we work with others at a local, national and international level, supporting the improvement of mental health services and redressing mental health inequalities.
We work with stakeholders, including world-leading academics, clinicians and people with lived experience, to deliver products and services including:
- service design and development (mental health care pathways/frameworks and implementation guidance)
- quality improvement (quality improvement programmes for mental health and patient safety)
- competence frameworks (skills, knowledge, values and attitudes for mental health professionals)
- reports and research (systematic reviews, rapid reviews, evaluations and reports)
- clinical guidelines (developed for NICE and internationally).
We're led by Clinical and Strategic Directors Professor Tim Kendall and Professor Russell Razzaque from the College, and Academic and Strategic Director Professor Steve Pilling from University College London.
The work is overseen on a day-to-day basis by Tom Ayers (Director), Emily Cannon (Head of Quality Improvement) and Dr Clare Taylor (Head of Quality and Research Development). The rest of the team is composed of:
- quality improvement coaches
- project managers
- editor and designer
business support administrator.
Our research team brings together experts, including people with lived experience, to review the evidence and develop guidance, reports, competence frameworks and reviews. Services, commissioners and others working in health and social care then use them to raise the standards of mental health care on a local, national and international level.
Our QI coaches work with mental health teams, inpatient services and across the wider community, to improve how they function and operate.
We have an NCCMH Equality Advisory Group (EAG), a standing committee of people from a diverse range of backgrounds with lived and learned experiences of mental health services in the UK. The EAG supports the NCCMH to adhere to its commitment to actively advance equality and co-production. The group meets regularly to discuss NCCMH projects from a co-production and equalities perspective.
All our work is underpinned by our commitment to co-production (working collaboratively with people, without hierarchy) and reducing inequalities in mental health care.
NCCMH already models what we want commissioners to do. By being open to improvements and individual requests, they have made the process of co-production more inclusive while being aware that more can be done. – Steph de la Haye, Expert by experience; Chair and Founder at Survivors of Depression In Transition; Service User Governor – Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Mental health care in our communities is vital for thriving and cohesive neighbourhoods, where the quality of life for every individual counts. To cater for the needs of diverse citizens, they need to be actively involved in commissioning decisions and service design that responds to their needs.
Then, all parties have a genuine chance to get the nature of the support right, and provided at the right time. The community framework [developed by the NCCMH] robustly assists this process. – Jacqui Dyer, Black Thrive Global Director; Equality Advisor to NHS England and HEE; President of the Mental Health Foundation
|Saiqa Akhtar||Senior Quality Improvement Advisor|
|Laura-Louise Arundell||Lead Researcher and Developer|
|Tom Ayers||Director of NCCMH|
|Phoebe Barnett||Research Fellow|
|Edward Barrett||Project Manager|
|Dr Rosanna Bevan||Quality Improvement Coach|
|Adele de Bono||Quality Improvement Coach|
|Emily Cannon||Head of Quality Improvement|
|Nuala Ernest||Senior Editor|
|Clementine Fitch Bunce||Quality Improvement Coach|
|Aarti Gandesha||Quality Improvement Coach|
|Eva Gautam-Aiken||Senior Project Manager|
|Helen Greenwood||Research and Design Officer|
|Professor Tim Kendall||International Clinical and Strategic Director of NCCMH; National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England; Visiting Professor, University College London; Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist for the homeless, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust|
|Dr Eliazar Luna||Researcher|
Business Support Administrator
|Dr Matthew Milarski||Senior Quality Improvement Advisor|
|Dr Vasiliki Papageorgiou||Senior Researcher|
|Prof. Steve Pilling||Academic and Strategic Director of NCCMH; Professor of Clinical Psychology & Clinical Effectiveness, Clinical, Education & Health Psychology, University College London|
|Joanna Popis||Project Manager|
|Professor Russell Razzaque||Clinical and Strategic Director of NCCMH; Consultant Psychiatrist; Clinical Director and Director of Research & Development, Community Mental Health Transformation, North East London NHS Foundation Trust; Visiting Professor, London South Bank University; Presidential Lead for Compassionate & Relational Care, RCPsych|
|Alan Roberts||Senior Researcher|
|Dr Jean Strelitz||Senior Researcher, PMHIC|
|Dr Clare Taylor||Head of Quality and Research Development|
|Renata Souza||Quality Improvement Coach|
|Ros Warby||Quality Improvement Coach|
|Dr Megan Watkins||Senior Researcher|
|Hazel Webb||Project Manager|
|Juliette Westbrook||Research Assistant|
The NCCMH management board meet quarterly to oversee the NCCMH on behalf of the College.
Tom Ayers | Director, NCCMH
Emily Cannon | Head of Quality Improvement, NCCMH
Andrew Clark | Office Manger, CCQI
Harriet Clarke | Head of Quality and Accreditation, CCQI
John Crichton | Treasurer, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Subodh Dave | Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Mary Jane Docherty | Quality Networks – Clinical and Strategic Director, CCQI
Peter Fonagy | Chief Executive Officer, Anna Freud Centre
Tim Kendall | International Clinical and Strategic Director, NCCMH
Hannah Lucas-Motley | Head of Quality and Accreditation, CCQI
Steve Pilling | Academic and Strategic Director, NCCMH
Alan Quirk | Head of Clinical Audit and Research, CCQI
Russell Razzaque | Clinical and Strategic Director, NCCMH
Paul Rees | Chief Executive, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Trudi Seneviratne | Registrar, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Lade Smith (Chair) | President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Clare Taylor | Head of Quality and Research Development, NCCMH
Peter Thompson | Director, CCQI