Taking the lead on mental health

What qualities do you need to be a national adviser? Jennifer Sprinks talks to Jonathan Warren and Vanessa Ford, who advise the CQC on mental health nursing

What qualities do you need to be a national adviser? Jennifer Sprinks talks to Jonathan Warren and Vanessa Ford, who advise the CQC on mental health nursing.

Abstract

Assuming the role of a national adviser for a health regulator sounds like a daunting task, but two mental health nurses have recently stepped up to the challenge.

East London NHS Foundation Trust’s director of nursing and quality Jonathan Warren, and West London Mental Health NHS Trust director of nursing standards and governance Vanessa Ford, have been appointed as the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) national advisers for mental health nursing.

Their roles will focus on improving the way the regulator inspects and regulates mental health services across England.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: 2 September 2015, volume 30, issue 1.

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