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David has been campaigning for mental health care reform since the late 90's when his daughter was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia in her late teens. Derived from what he felt was lacking in his daughter’s early experiences of care David changed his career, leaving general practice to co-lead with Professor Jo Smith the UK’s National Early Intervention in Psychosis Programme through the era of the National Service Framework.
Now, 'sort of retired', David continues to challenge why people like his daughter should accept poor physical health. He co-led with Dr Jackie Curtis the Healthy Active Lives, an international consensus on intervening early to protect people’s bodies as well as minds – launched at the IEPA in Tokyo (2014). He has taken part in several relevant NICE guidelines and quality standards, and was a clinical advisor to National Audits of Schizophrenia (2011 onwards).
David has been acknowledged by peers; IEPA Richard J Wyatt award 2012. RC Psych ‘Carer of the Year’ award 2015; OBE 2016.