Dean is currently MHM’s Clinical Director. He has 37 years’ experience in mental health, first as a practitioner (qualified Psychiatric Nurse, and Family Therapist -trained both in UK and USA). He worked for a number of years with anxiety based problems at the Bethlem Royal hospital specialist unit, working often with complex behavioural and interpersonal problems under the leadership of Prof Isaac Marks, who developed the first Nurse therapists training programs. He later returned for a short period to CBT practice in Nottingham, although behavioural approaches have always remained evident in all his practice roles, including as a Family Therapist. As a Family Therapist he spent a number of years working with child abuse cases.
When he moved into management and leadership roles he remained faithful to supporting evidenced based practice and clinical innovation. He believes care professionals have a duty to continually improve their practice.
Dean’s last full-time post was with the East Midlands SHA as Director of EMDC (development and improvement centre) and mental health policy lead. Overseeing programmes at both a regional and national level. His work involved partnerships with commissioners, providers and the Department of Health. He spent a number of years at the National Institute of Mental Health as a Director.
Dean is currently retained by NHS England as a Specialist Advisor for implementation of IAPT, this has included undertaking local service reviews, developing networks and running workshops on commissioning, outcomes and clinical productivity. He has also delivered a number of review projects as an independent consultant, including step 4 and psychology services, homicide and serious incidents.