National Director for Mental Health

Dr Hugh Griffiths was appointed acting National Director for Mental Health in April 2010.Hugh Griffiths

  • provides: clinical leadership and expertise
  • ensures: mental health service interests are protected
  • contributes: hands on experience of mental health consultancy
  • is responsible for: implementing the recomendations of the Mental Health National Service Framework

About Hugh Griffiths: He has been a consultant psychiatrist in the North-East of England since 1988 and for 8 years (until December 2002) was an NHS Trust Medical Director.

In 2000 he also became Medical Director of the Northern Centre for Mental Health where he undertook a variety of work including the development of changing roles for consultants, support for medical managers and clinical leadership of the Mental Health Collaborative. He was Director of Policy and Knowledge Management for the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team from 2003 until April 2004 and since then has been Deputy National Director for Mental Health (England). He continues in part-time clinical practice.

‘I am delighted to be overseeing this important policy area and would like to pay tribute to the former national director for mental health Louis Appleby, who is now the first-ever national director for health and criminal justice.’

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