Today, Her Majesty the Queen announced the New Years Honours list and we are delighted that a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Paul Lelliott, has been awarded a CBE.
Dr Paul Lelliott, is a founder and former Director of the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI), which works with mental health service providers to assess and help them improve the quality of care they provide. It has a focus on four key areas: quality networks, accreditation, national clinical audits, and research and evaluation.
After founding and leading CCQI, Dr Lelliott went on to become the Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals and lead for mental health at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England.
Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: ''I am delighted to see that Dr Paul Lelliott is being honoured for his efforts to help mental health services improve the quality of their care.
“Paul’s legacy, represented in the College Centre for Quality Improvement, continues to support service providers with the aim of securing the best outcomes for people with mental illness.”
"This is recognition not just of his leadership in improving services, but also of all the work being done across the UK that recognises the need to put improving quality of care at the heart of mental health services.”
Paul Rees, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “I would like to congratulate Dr Lelliott on this well-deserved recognition for his excellent work helping services improve the care they provide people with mental illness.
“The Royal College of Psychiatrists is taking great strides in our efforts to ensure mental and physical health are equally valued and respected. While mental health has long been undervalued, this honour is a clear sign that recognition of the importance of high quality care for people with mental illness is on the up.”