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Job title: Partner
James’ emphasis is on service evaluation and modelling-based service strategy, grounded in evidence-based practice and sound business approaches. James leads our evaluation and redesign work, focussing primarily on mental health. Prior to joining Niche, with whom he has 20 years’ consultancy experience, both throughout England and beyond, James spent 14 years within the NHS, managing mental health and learning disability services in both rural and urban areas of the North West of England. James has also served as a Director of the National Institute for Mental Health in England, and has served as a Trustee of several local charities, and of a charitable company.
James has taken a particular interest in evidence-based practice, both for clinicians and for managers, with academic work supporting and enhancing the development of best practice.
Qualifications: MSc in Evidence-based Healthcare – University of Oxford
Master of Business Administration – Open University
Membership and Diploma of the Institute of Healthcare Management
MA (Modern Languages) 1st class hons – University of Oxford
James has also been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in recognition of his work in the development of mental health services.
Extensive experience in evidence-based practice in the management of mental health services
James has worked extensively with healthcare providers, commissioners, social services, service users, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, and the independent sector. James’s key skills and experience include:
o National programmes in secure mental health care, including specialist community forensic teams, women’s secure blended services, and peer-based approaches
o The national New Care Models initiative in mental health, including inpatients services for young people, and for people with an eating disorder
o The national Suicide and self-harm prevention programme
o The introduction of specialist 18-25 mental health services, including appraisal of economic risks
o The “Connecting Care” approach to integrated health and social care in community hubs in Wakefield (three year programme)
o Integration of workforce, service development and management systems across four mental health trusts.
o An eleven-site collaborative approach to care planning in the Republic of Ireland