Professor Anthony Sheehan

Professor Sheehan Is Chief Executive Officer of one of England’s largest Mental Health and Learning Disability Trusts.  He has a national and international reputation in the field of Healthcare and has been a prominent figure in developing Mental Health services in England for the last decade. In the international context he was a key partner in developing the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL).

Previously Professor Sheehan was a senior civil servant heading an important Group within the Department of Health.  His responsibilities as Director General included policy objectives with regard to:

  • Mental health
  • Maternity and families
  • Children’s healthcare
  • Asylum heath and refugees
  • Health/Criminal Justice System interface
  • And cross cutting themes of respect and social inclusion

He also led Social Care policy for three years and had policy responsibility for older people and disability.  During his leadership for social care a key policy development was the focus on personalisation including direct payments for care.

He has a keen interest in implementation of better services rather than simply creating policy and has a strong track record of doing so through organisations such as NIMHE. (The National Institute for Mental Health in England) which he developed and subsequently led as its first Chief Executive.

Antony is a nurse by background and has worked in practice, education and management at regional level within mental health and other specialist services prior to joining the Civil Service.

Antony is a Professor of Health and Social Care Strategy at the University of Central Lancashire, a Visiting Professor at the University of Central England, and in 2003 and 2004 respectively, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Universities for his achievements in reforming mental health services in England.

Finally, Antony Chairs the Board of Trustees of one of England’s large Mental Health Charities ‘Together’.  The Charity focuses on promoting inclusion and wellbeing for people with long term mental health problems.

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