About NCCMH and our work

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.

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 local, national and international level to help make this happen, supporting the improvement of mental health services and redressing mental health inequalities. We do this by developing evidence-based guidance, quality improvement initiatives, workforce competences and reviews to support the delivery of high-quality mental health care.

We work with stakeholders, including world-leading academics, clinicians and people with lived experience, to deliver products and services including:

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

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:

  • researchers 
  • quality improvement coaches
  • project managers
  • editors and designers
  • a 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. 

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 | Quality Improvement Coach

Laura-Louise Arundell | Lead Researcher and Developer

Tom Ayers | Director

Edward Barratt | Project Manager

Dr Rosanna BevanQuality Improvement Coach

Emily Cannon | Head of Quality Improvement

Dr Kim Donoghue Systematic Reviewer

Nuala Ernest Editor

Dominique Gardner | Quality Improvement Coach

Eva Gautam-Aiken Senior Project Manager

Helen Greenwood | Research and Design Officer

Professor Tim Kendall | Clinical and Strategic Director; 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

Chipapa McCalla | Business Support Administrator

Dr Matthew Milarski | Quality Improvement Coach

Iyinioluwa Oshinowo | Research Assistant

Professor Steve Pilling | Academic and Strategic Director; Professor of Clinical Psychology & Clinical Effectiveness, Clinical, Education & Health Psychology, University College London

Joanna Popis | Project Manager

Dr Katie Sampson Research Assistant

Dr Shubulade Smith | Clinical and Strategic Director; Senior Lecturer, King's College, London; Co-director of the University's Forensic Mental Health Teaching Unit, King’s College, London

Dr Jean Strelitz | Senior Researcher

Dr Clare Taylor Head of Quality and Research Development

Renata Souza | Quality Improvement Coach

Ros Warby | Quality Improvement Coach

Hazel Webb | Project Manager

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

Adrian James (Chair) | President, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Tim Kendall | 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

Paul Rees | Chief Executive, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Trudi Seneviratne | Registrar, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Shubulade Smith | Clinical and Strategic Director, NCCMH

Clare Taylor | Head of Quality and Research Development, NCCMH

Peter Thompson | Director, CCQI

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