Dr Neil Brimblecombe
Director of Nursing
Neil Brimblecombe is Director of Nursing at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Neil originally trained as a mental health nurse and has worked in a wide range of clinical services including acute inpatient, child and adolescent and crisis/home treatment services in London and the home counties.
He has degrees in nursing and medical anthropology and completed his PhD researching outcomes in mental health crisis services. He has experience in executive director roles in other NHS Trusts, both as Director of Nursing and Chief Operating Officer.
Neil was also Director of Mental Health Nursing for the English Department of Health for 4 years and coordinated national reviews of, both, mental health and learning disability nursing. He has published on a range of mental health issues, particularly crisis services, changing professional roles and European mental health services.
Neil is currently chair of the Mental Health Forum, a national organisation of nursing leads which aims to promote the development and sharing of best practice. Neil was Visiting Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Nottingham University from 2006-2012.