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Published on September 12, 2017

Announcing the MH:2K National Advisory Panel


By Sarah Allan

Sarah Allan is Head of Engagement at Involve. She splits her time between the development and delivery of participation projects, and leading Involve's external affairs team. Sarah has long believed in the need to transform how UK decision-making works.

As our youth-led mental health project ‘MH:2K’ expands to four more areas, we want to say a big welcome to its new National Advisory Panel. Its members are, in alphabetical order:

  • Professor Kathryn Abel, NIHR National Specialty Lead for Mental Health
  • Polly Ashmore and Sally Milne, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Team, NHS England
  • Cassandra Cameron, Policy Advisor, NHS Providers
  • Sophie Dix, Director of Research, MQ
  • Gregor Henderson, National Lead, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England
  • Paula Lavis, Strategic Lead, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
  • Dr Sara McCafferty, Strategy Group, NHS England
  • Dr Margaret Murphy, National Professional Adviser Care Quality Commission and Clinical Chair Secure and Specialised Mental Health Programme NHS England
  • Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Chair of the Local Government Association Community Wellbeing Board and Leader of Warwickshire Council
  • Neera Sharma, Assistant Director Policy and Public Affairs, Barnardos
  • Bella Starling, Wellcome Engagement Fellow and Director of Public Programmes, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ben Still, CEO, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Two MH:2K Oldham Citizen Researchers

The Panel will play a key role in MH:2K – find out how MH:2K works. Its members will look across the project’s four new areas and Oldham pilot to identify learning of national relevance. The Panel hopes that its work will inform local and national mental health decision-making, research and engagement practice.

Find out more about the expanded project

Read the findings of the project’s pilot in Oldham

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