A new paradigm: Building resilience in systems leadership

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This session explored how we lead as a health and social care system, and a society, to promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental illness. Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England, spoke to the following key areas:

• building positive mental health resilience (for staff, patients and the wider society)
• how we develop skilled community workforces to enable timely access to appropriate support
• what competencies we need as leaders for a sustainable system going forward.


Geraldine Strathdee

Geraldine Strathdee is NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health and a consultant psychiatrist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. She co-chairs the national mental health system board, which brings the new system partners together to implement the national mental health strategy.

She is the clinical lead for the mental health intelligence network and the national CCG mental health leadership programme. Her passionate commitment is to the translation of best practice standards into routine clinical practice.

She is privileged to have the expertise and support of many networks of exceptional mental health leaders to help achieve the ambitions for mental health care in the NHS five year forward view.

Previous roles include National Professional Adviser to Healthcare Commission and CQC, and London Strategic Health Authority mental health lead.

She was awarded the prestigious Psychiatrist of the Year in 2012.