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Expert Panel: evaluation of the Government’s commitments in the area of mental health services in England

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The Health & Social Care Committee has established and commissioned a politically impartial panel of experts to conduct an evaluation – independently of the Committee – of the Government’s commitments in different areas of healthcare policy. The Expert Panel will produce a report after each evaluation which will be sent to the Committee to review. The final report will include a CQC-style rating of the progress the Government has made against achieving its own commitments. The Expert Panel’s second evaluation will be of the progress the Government has made against its own commitments in the area of mental health services in England.


The Expert Panel is chaired by Professor Dame Jane Dacre, and is comprised or core (i.e. permanent) members and subject specialists.


Core members of the Expert Panel are:


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


Mental health specialist members of the Expert Panel 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
  • Karen Turner, Lay Trustee, Royal College of Psychiatrists

An overview of the Expert Panel’s work is available here:


Further information on the Expert Panel is set out in the Health & Social Care Committee Special Report: Process for independent evaluation of progress on Government commitments (5 August 2020).

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 6 October 2021.

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