GP and mental health clinical lead, RCGP
Liz England is a GP working in a busy inner-city practice in Birmingham since 2005, where she leads on mental health and learning disabilities. She is also the Mental Health and Learning Disability Clinical Lead for Sandwell West Birmingham (SWB) CCG. Prior to this, Liz trained as a clinical academic in the Department of Primary Care. She gained her PhD in Mental Health at the University of Birmingham and led the mental health team for a number of years and was principle investigator on a number of NIHR funded research studies exploring the development of integrated primary care mental health service models.
After thirteen years as an academic clinician, she decided to have a more direct influence on mental health service development and took up the post of clinical commissioner in SWB CCG. Working with the Joint Commissioning team for mental health in Birmingham and a range of other partners, including people with lived experience of mental health problems, she has been involved in developing community based integrated primary care mental health services and improving specialist mental health services such as Early Intervention Services. She is especially interested in developing preventative, holistic services that support people’s bio-psycho-social needs before mental health problems develop. This is particularly important children and young people. Important aspects of this role include quality and safety and safeguarding.
She is also currently a national clinical advisor for the NCCMH community mental health team pathway being developed, working with an inspiring group of people from all backgrounds and is the RCGP Mental Health and Whole Person Care Clinical Lead. She wrote the RCGP mental health position statement and has been supporting the development of the mental health curriculum for trainee GPs and provide educational resources for GP colleagues.