Paul Johnson has worked for over 33 years within mental health in NHS, social care and third sector settings.
During his career Paul has focused a lot of his work on supporting and assisting service user and carer involvement and the development of service user led organisations.
He has also had experience as lead officer for a Local Authority on the regional disaster planning team and developing the Local Authority and community responses to major disasters within the region.
After spending 5 year working within the voluntary sector as Regional Director of a national charity he then moved back to the statutory sector in 2000. It was then he focused on involving people and communities within the development of services and care pathways with an emphasis on recovery.
This saw him working with Community Health Councils, Patient Forums, and establishing Patient Advice and Liaison Services and service user and carer monitoring of services. During this part of his career Paul was also a member of the executive board overseeing the amalgamation of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland’s mental health services into the then South of Tyne and Wear Mental Health Trust.
Since 2004 he has worked with NIMHE, CSIP and the former North East Mental Health Development Unit, where part of his portfolio was also the Department of Health regional lead for coordination of Local Involvement Networks (LINks).
Paul has developed strong working relationships amongst the voluntary and independent sector as well as local, regional and national service user and carer led organisations and networks and has resulted in Paul having the contacts and ability to deliver complex projects to very tight deadlines across diverse groups of organisations.
Paul has experienced mental health issues personally since the mid 1990s and has a demonstrated record of commitment to the development of high quality services and systems, with a track record of delivering high level projects with service user and carer focused outcomes.