Dr Matthew Patrick

Chief Executive

Dr Matthew Patrick is Chief Executive of the Trust, a post he took up in October 2013. Prior to this appointment Dr Patrick was Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in north London, a specialist mental health trust of international standing, with a national role in the training and education of the mental health and social care workforce and clinical specialisation in child and adolescent mental health services and psychological therapies.

Originally trained as a psychiatrist at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, for many years Dr Patrick combined clinical work and developmental research.  His published work focused on the development and nature of adult personality and personality disorders, and the role of mental representation in this regard.

During his time at SLaM Dr Patrick has contributed to a complete review of the Trust’s governance, performance processes and structures and has worked closely with the chair to develop the new Trust Board and its members. This work is reflected in the Trust’s rating as ‘Good’ from the CQC, including a very positive assessment of the Trust’s leadership.

Over the past ten years Dr Patrick has contributed widely to national mental health policy and strategy. He was involved with the development of the mental health theme within UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre, and sat on the executive of UCLP and on the North Central and East London Local Education and Training Board (NCEL LETB). He is now a member of the executive board of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and sits on the Board of the CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care). He was a member of the London Health Commission and is also a board member of the south London AHSN, the Health Innovation Network.

Dr Patrick was for three years (2012-2016) the London mental health director for NHS England London Region, with responsibility for establishing London’s first Strategic Clinical Network for mental health. Over that time the SCN led work on crisis care, mental health in primary care, the mental health of people with long term conditions, parity of esteem and the development and implementation of new access standards for mental health including early intervention in psychosis. He has also had longstanding involvement in the development of digital approaches in mental health.

Dr Patrick remains a training and supervising analyst for the British Psychoanalytical Society.


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