Chris is an independent nurse consultant, project leader for the Reducing Deaths in Custody Programme in London’s prisons, working with NHS England and leads MindWorks, an independent consultancy working with major London NHS Trusts. He still maintains his clinical practice, currently at HMP Belmarsh.
Formerly a consultant nurse at South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and Principal Lecturer at Kingston University & St George’s University London, he has been involved in a number of national projects related to liaison psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, as well as advising on the CNO Review of Mental Health Nursing, providing advice to the British Army and Welsh government on mental health care, as well as having a role in the Department of Health’s Emergency Care Collaboration.
He has led on a range of innovative educational projects aimed at developing clinical skills for students and qualified clinicians and spoken at conferences in the United States, Canada and across Europe and chaired various nursing groups both in the UK and internationally.
He’s the author of numerous articles, blogs and book chapters and has written four books, including ‘Nurses and Politics’ (Palgrave 2005) and ‘Behind the Mask’ (Bailliere Tindall 1994), and is preparing his acclaimed text, ‘A Pocket Guide to Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Mental Health’ for a second edition.
While serving as a judge for the SNTAs, Chris has also been a three time winner, for teaching innovation in 2012 and 2016, and for Partnership Working in 2020.