Stirling has worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS for 30 years, specialising in cognitive behaviour therapy and was professional Head of Psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust until he took early retirement in 2013.

He continues to teach and supervise mental health professionals in the Trust and is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. Stirling has a strong interest in training clinicians from all professions in CBT, and co-founded with the Institute of Psychiatry Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Course, which was the first cognitive therapy course in the country.

He is still actively involved with this course which now focuses on training therapists to work in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. Stirling is keen to support MHM in its provision and further development of high quality evidence-based talking therapy services across the country and welcome the opportunity as a trustee to contribute from a clinical NHS perspective as well as learn from the exciting innovative work being done in the voluntary sector.

Stirling hopes that his experience of training many professionals in psychological therapies as well as developing and leading psychological therapies services will complement the broad range of skills already available on the Board of MHM.