About the NCCMH

At the NCCMH, we care about people’s mental health and wellbeing. We believe that everyone should have equal access to high-quality mental health care, with a platform to voice their needs, at home and at work or in education, and in hospital and the community.

We work with others at a national level to help make this happen, supporting the improvement of mental health services and redressing mental health inequalities.

By reviewing the evidence and co-producing guidance, standards, workforce competences and quality improvement initiatives, we enable the delivery of high-quality, equitable mental health care.

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) is a collaboration between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and University College London.

We work with a variety of stakeholders, including world leading academics, clinicians and people with lived experience, to produce a variety of products.

These products include:

  • National guidance and pathways for commissioners and providers of mental health services
  • Independent systematic reviews
  • Competence frameworks
  • Service evaluations.
  • National quality improvement collaboratives 

We're led by directors from both the College (Professor Tim Kendall and Dr Shubulade Smith), and University College London (Professor Steve Pilling).

Our team includes:

  • Specialist researchers
  • Systematic reviewers
  • Project managers
  • Editors
  • Quality improvement coaches

The work is overseen on a day-to-day basis by Tom Ayers (Senior Associate Director) and Clare Taylor (Head of Quality and Research Development). 

More information on our specific areas of work can be found in care pathways, quality improvement programmes, and other work to improve mental health care.

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