I am a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King’s College London and was Director, NIHR Clinical Research Network: Mental Health until April 2015 when I became Senior Spokesperson on Mental Health for NIHR CRN.
I edit the Journal of Mental Health and I'm Vice Dean Psychology and System Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. I have been involved in research on rehabilitation and recovery for people with severe mental illness for many years both in the development of services and the development and evaluation of innovative psychological treatments. My main current research themes concentrate on how to improve thinking difficulties so people can take advantage of opportunities for recovery and how to increase therapeutic activities in acute mental health services.
I founded and was the first director of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) which employs expert researchers who have experience of using mental health services. I continue to be co-director with Professor Diana Rose, a senior service-user researcher.
I also continue to be an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist working on an intensive care ward within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.