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Health and Social Care Committee’s Expert Panel to evaluate Government’s pledges on mental health

4 August 2021

The Health and Social Care Committee has commissioned its Expert Panel to evaluate the Government’s progress against its pledges to improve mental health services in England. This follows the Expert Panel’s first evaluation in which it rated the Government’s overall progress in achieving key commitments in maternity services as ‘inadequate’.

Four new specialists have been appointed to aid the Panel’s evaluation of pledges on mental health. They are:

  • Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Psychiatry & Hon. Consultant Psychiatrist;
  • Dr Ananta Dave, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Medical Director at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Professor Peter Fonagy, Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL, Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London; and
  • Karen Turner, Lay Trustee, Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Expert Panel is chaired by Professor Dame Jane Dacre, and is comprised of core (i.e. permanent) members and subject specialists. Core members of the Expert Panel are:

  • Sir Robert Francis QC;
  • Dr Charlotte Augst;
  • Dr Meerat Kaur;
  • Professor John Appleby;
  • Anita Charlesworth; and
  • Professor Stephen Peckham.

The Health and Social Care Committee published the Expert Panel’s first evaluation on 6 July 2021 which rated the Government’s overall progress in achieving four key commitments on maternity services as ‘inadequate’. The Panel will now evaluate the Government’s progress on mental health pledges. The specific Government commitments that the Expert Panel will evaluate will be announced in due course.


The Health & Social Care Committee established and commissioned a politically impartial panel of experts to conduct evaluations – independently of the Committee – of the Government’s progress in achieving ministerial pledges in different areas of healthcare policy. The Expert Panel produces a report after each evaluation which is sent to the Committee to review. The final report includes a CQC-style rating of the progress the Government has made in achieving each commitment.

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