Mental Health

Mental Health is one of six National Programmes of Care (NPoCs) overseeing the commissioning of specialised services.

The role of the NPoC is to provide leadership and oversight of the development and delivery of a comprehensive work programme that achieves demonstrable improvements in the quality, equity, value and outcomes of commissioned specialised services.

The Mental Health NPoC consists of an NPoC Board and five Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) as follows:

CRGs provide clinical advice and leadership on the specialised services in Mental Health. These groups of clinicians, commissioners, public health experts, patients and carers use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.

CRGs lead on the development of clinical commissioning policies, service specifications and quality standards. They also provide advice on innovation, horizon scanning, service reviews and guide work to reduce variation and deliver increased value. CRGs, through their Patient and Public Voice (PPV) members, also help ensure that any changes to the commissioning of specialised services involve patients and the public.

Mental Health Taskforce

The Mental Health Taskforce provided a fundamental platform to bring together a range of strategies and ambitions under one plan to improve the delivery of mental health services around the needs of the patients. The focus for Specialised Commissioning in supporting this will be on developing national standards and information, while ensuring the integration of pathways of care with local services and commissioners to support people being treated close to home in clinically- and cost-effective services.

Chair and membership of the Mental Health NPoC Board

Chair: Margaret Murphy

Margaret Murphy is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Cambridge and has been a consultant for 17 years, working in London, Glasgow and Cambridge in both community CAMHS and in inpatient settings, as well as in specialist paediatric liaison in a regional oncology service. She is currently UK Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty in the College. Margaret has an interest in commissioning and service design and over the years has worked with the local Strategic Health Authority, as well as nationally, most recently as a member of the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health. She has also been involved in developing outcomes in CAMHS.

  • Co-Chair: Cathy Edwards
  • Head of Mental Health and Programme of Care: Steve Sylvester
  • Senor Programme of Care Manager: Richard Eccles
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Caris Vardy, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Alison Cannon/Steve Hamer, Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Louise Davies, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Karon Glyn, East Midlands
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Eric Pwamang, West Midlands
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Denise Clark, East of England
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Louise Doughty, Wessex
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Maria Crowley, Surrey and Sussex
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Nikki Churchley, Bristol, South West
  • Mental Health Programme of Care Lead: Caroline Reid, London