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Neil has been involved with our organisation since 1984, when we were known as the Association for the Psychiatric Study of Adolescence. He has served as the Local Secretary and Chair and was elected to the National Executive in 1986.
Since qualifying as a nurse in mental health and learning disability, in 1982, Neil has worked in the Leicestershire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). He was a senior nurse in both community and in-patient settings and is now Lead Nurse for the Families Young People and Children’s Division of Leicestershire Partnership Trust.
Neil is particularly interested in working with psychosis and has completed the Diploma in Medical Health Sciences (Psycho-social interventions) at Sheffield University.
Commenting on his involvement with FPSA, Neil says he is very proud to provide support to improve the care of young people. He looks forward to FPSA’s future with great anticipation and excitement.
Ron has been involved with our organisation since 1991, both as a member and now as a trustee.
Ron is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in a variety of CAMHS Tier 3 and Tier 4 since 1976. Although Ron retired from full-time work in 2007, he is now working in a part-time post in CAMHS Tier 3, in Bangor, North Wales. Ron’s main interests and expertise are in:
Alan joined the FPSA Board of Trustees in 2011, shortly after retiring from his full-time work as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Prior to this Alan was a member of our founding organisation, APSA.
For much of his extensive career, Alan was an in-patient consultant and had a special interest in eating disorders. He is also experienced in CAMHS Tier 3 and had a particular interest in dissociative disorders and self-harm.
Alan is a past editor of the European Journal of Eating Disorders, (now the European Eating Disorders Review) and was a regular attendee at the international conference ‘European Council on Eating Disorders’ conference. Along with his involvement with the FPSA, Alan is a member of the South West Regional Governance Committee of Rethink Mental Illness. He was also a director of the Eating Disorders Association (now called Beat).
Alan sees his role as an FPSA trustee as a natural extension of his skills and knowledge. It gives him, he says, an opportunity to help professionals assess training opportunities and funding.
Samantha has been involved with our organisation for over six years, starting as a co-opted member before becoming a full member and a trustee.
Samantha is Professional Lead Occupational Therapist at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Her longstanding interest is on how occupational therapy can contribute to changing the care of adolescents through exploring the holistic views of a service user. Sam has a strong interest in using the model of human occupation to frame this work.
Sam has worked with a range of different services including children, forensic services, and people with a learning disability. She also spent over five years in CAMHS, on an inpatient unit and in the outreach team.
Sam’s particular interests are learning disabilities, substance misuse and sexual abuse. She is particularly interested in how using an occupational perspective can influence this work.
Being an FPSA trustee, says Sam, means she is making a difference to young peoples’ lives and helping future generations.
Janine Smith has been involved with our organisation for many years, both locally and at a national level, serving as a trustee and a director. She was involved in the strategic development of our transformation from a membership organisation to a grant giving foundation. This led to our successful change to the FPSA in 2011.
Since Janine qualified as a nurse in mental health in 1991, she has worked in Nottingham CAMHS (in-patient/Tier 4) as a senior nurse. She is still with Nottingham CAMHS, working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Self-Harm Team.
Janine is particularly interested in adolescents and self-harm, and delivering evidence-based practice interventions. She is keen to explore how systems outside the health arena and multi-agency and inter-agency working can be developed to work in the best interests of young people.
Janine is passionate about her involvement with the FPSA. She is proud to represent the organisation and communicate its aims and objects at national conferences and forums.
Keith has been involved with all three iterations of the organisation since 1989, when he joined the South Yorkshire group, serving initially as Treasurer, and then the National Executive, in 1990.
Initially working as a banker and computer systems operator, since qualifying as an occupational therapist in the late 1980’s, Keith has spent various points of his career working in Derby, Kingston on Thames, Richmond, Sheffield, Hull and East Yorkshire, East Sussex, North London, Nottingham and the East Midlands and latterly in the Black Country.
Keith retired from the NHS in 2014 from the position of Deputy Director of Integrated Governance and Trust Lead Allied Healthcare Professional (AHP) due to personal circumstances. Since then he has formed his own company and has gone on the work in health service interim lead clinical and corporate governance roles for acute trusts, ambulance trusts, clinical commissioning groups as well as being a part-time clinician, videographer and musician.
Keith has remained interested in and committed to the FPSA, previously editing both the practice magazine Rapport, for over 13 years, and some of the more recent FPSA Briefings. He has been the Chair of a school governing body and remains proud and dedicated to supporting young people in general and particularly those in the care systems who work with them.
Dr Ann Hagell is a chartered psychologist with a longstanding interest in social policy and adolescent well-being.
Ann has worked with a range of universities, think tanks and funders over the past 25 years, and is committed to making research findings relevant and useful to policy and practice. She is editor of the Journal of Adolescence, and is currently based at the Association for Young People's Health (AYPH).
Ann was previously head of the Nuffield Foundation's Changing Adolescence Programme, on which her most recent book is based (Changing Adolescence: Social trends and mental health, Policy Press, 2012).