Tim Kendall

Senior Level Speaker

  Tim Kendall

Tim Kendall

NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health

Tim Kendall is the National Clinical Director for Mental Health for NHS England and NHS Improvement. He works closely with his Associate NCDs and Clinical advisors covering perinatal, children’s, adult and forensic mental health. He chairs a number of national committees to implement the mental health strategy in England and leads national programmes of work, including the national suicide reduction strategy, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Digital Panel. In 2016 he established a national mental health network, with sign up of 97% of England’s mental health providers, and membership of Medical Directors, Chief Executives and Directors of Nursing.

Tim has been Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal

College of Psychiatrists since 2001, where he chaired the first NICE guideline, on the management of schizophrenia and the first national quality standard (dementia) for NICE. He has also been visiting Professor at University College London for the past nine years and in 2018 awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University. Tim has published widely and won the Lancet Paper of the Year Award in 2004, for showing the damaging effects of the drug industry and its selective publishing of trials on the use of antidepressants in children with depression.

His work has been adopted abroad and he has been invited to consult to a diverse range of foreign governments. In October 2018, Tim was the Host at the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit and chair of the Summit Expert Advisory Panel.

Tim is trained as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and continues clinical work as consultant for the homeless at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS, where he was previously the medical director for 13 years. Tim is a strong advocate for inclusion of people with lived experience, and convened the first ever NICE Expert Reference Group which included lived experience and service user members.

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