Our editors

Lisa BerryLisa Berry


Lisa has worked in healthcare publishing for many years. She joined RCNi as assistant clinical editor of Nursing Standard in 2001, and became co-editor of Mental Health Practice in 2020.

Email: mhp@rcni.com
Tel: +44(0)20 8872 3169
Twitter: @RCNi_MHPjournal

Christine WalkerChristine Walker


Christine is the co-editor of Mental Health Practice and has also been managing editor at Nursing Standard. She originally trained as a journalist and has worked for a variety of publications. Christine is also editor of Nursing Children and Young People and Learning Disability Practice, and a clinical editor specialising in nursing.

Email: mhp@rcni.com
Twitter: @RCNi_MHPjournal

Neil BrimblecombeNeil Brimblecombe

Consultant editor

Neil trained as a mental health nurse in the mid-1980s. Working in a soon-to-close asylum showed him the best and worst of nursing and made him more determined to minimise the harm that institutionalised psychiatry can do. Since then his career has encompassed a wide range of clinical, academic and professional leadership roles.

After a period in inpatient settings, he became a community psychiatric nurse in central London. Neil’s main clinical career focus from then on was crisis resolution home treatment (CRHT) services, involving him in establishing, running and researching early teams. He also edited the first book on CRHT published in the UK.

He was director of mental health nursing at the Department of Health (England) from 2005 to 2008, where he had the opportunity to set up and deliver a national review of the mental health nursing profession, the 2006 Chief Nursing Officer’s review. Neil then worked in director of nursing posts in various NHS trusts for ten years, latterly at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

More recently, he has remained closely involved with mental health services through roles including professor of mental health at London South Bank University, mental health clinical lead for the London Urgent and Emergency Care Collaborative and non-executive director for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.  

Neil’s research interests include advanced clinical practice roles for nursing, professional attitudes to smoking and international mental health services.

In 2018, an RCNi panel named Neil as one of the 70 most influential nurses and midwives in the 70-year history of the NHS.

Julie Sylvester

Commissioning editor
Email: julie.sylvester@rcni.com

Fatima Hasan

Sub editor
Email: fatima.hasan@rcni.com

Helen Hyland

Administration manager
Tel: +44(0)208 872 3138
Email: helen.hyland@rcni.com

Sandra Lynch

Administration assistant