Dave Belshaw spent the early years of his working life as an Outdoor Activities Instructor, taking groups climbing, canoeing and orienteering before moving on to train as a psychiatric nurse in the late 80’s and then working in a variety of statutory and voluntary sector settings before eventually settling in community nursing.
Dave spent a number of years working in primary care as a CPN before moving into management, covering primary care, crisis and deliberate self harm services.
A brief spell in project management followed before Dave moved to the Northern Centre for Mental Health, which quickly became the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) and then the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP). One of only eight in the country Dave became the service improvement lead for the regional NIMHE development centre and established a service improvement team covering the North East, Yorkshire and Humber.
More recently Dave, for two years, was the national programme lead for Mental Health First Aid, playing a key role in establishing it as a successful national social enterprise, before becoming Head of the former NHS-hosted NEMHDU in September of 2009 and developing a strong network amongst the statutory agencies providing and commissioning health and social care.
Dave has a demonstrated record of commitment to the development of high quality services and systems and has a track record of delivering complex high-level projects.