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Regulator appoints nurses to advise on mental health

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The Care Quality Commission has recruited two national advisors from the field of mental health nursing.

Vanessa Ford and Professor Jonathan Warren are among nine new advisors appointed to provide advice and leadership on how the CQC inspects and regulates mental health and learning disability services across England.

“The national professional advisers will help to lead our inspection teams and advise on the services that we regulate”

Paul Lelliott

Ms Ford and Professor Warren will work to establish guidance and advice on key areas of mental health nursing practice, such as care planning, as well as advice on governance and leadership.

The other advisors, who are mostly doctors, will cover mental health services for children and young people, forensics, old age mental health care services, rehabilitation and learning disabilities.

They will join the CQC’s hospitals directorate and work with Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals and lead for mental health.

The CQC said the nine would use their experience to advise CQC as part of its ongoing plans to inspect every NHS mental health hospital by April 2016.

Dr Lelliott said: “The appointments of these very senior nurses and doctors and psychologists demonstrate how serious we are about having the necessary expertise in every aspect of the mental health and learning disabilities services that we inspect.

East London Foundation Trust

Jonathan Warren

“The national professional advisers will help to lead our inspection teams and advise on the services that we regulate,” he said.

“They will also give policy advice so that we make accurate judgements about whether services are safe, effective, caring responsive and well led based on sound evidence and taking full account of people who use services,” he added.

Professor Warren is executive director of nursing at East London Foundation Trust and has held a number of senior roles across a variety of settings. He is also a visiting professor at City University.

Ms Ford is a registered mental health nurse who currently director of nursing standards and governance for West London Mental Health Trust, having previously held a similar role in Devon.

When working clinically, she specialises in the treatment of eating disorders and personality disorders and has experience of establishing services in the private sector as well as the NHS.


The nine national professional advisors for mental health

  • Mental health services for children and young people (community and in-patient) – Dr Anne York and Dr Margaret Murphy
  • Forensic mental health services – Dr Paul Gilluley
  • Old age mental health care – Dr James Warner
  • Mental health rehabilitation services – Professor Helen Killaspy
  • Learning Disabilities – Dr Theresa Joyce and Dr John Devapriam
  • Mental health nursing – Vanessa Ford and Professor Jonathan Warren
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  • I am glad that CQC is (very gradually) widening the expertise they rely upon. I wonder when Experts By Experience will join this top, National team of Advisors?

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