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The FPSA is a charitable funding organisation run by its trustees, who come from different health backgrounds.
 
FPSA Trustees
We are a charitable funding organisation run by our trustees, who come from a variety of mental health backgrounds, including nursing, occupational therapy and psychiatry. Here you can find out about our current trustees and the depth of their knowledge and experience. 

Become a trustee for FPSA

We are also looking for people with relevant experience to help the FPSA continue its work to support those working in mental health services for adolescents. For further information on becoming a trustee for FPSA please contact the FPSA Secretariat by emailing secretariat@foundationpsa.org.uk

Neil Hemstock (Chair)

Neil has been involved with our organisation since 1984, when we were known as the Association for the Psychiatric Study of Adolescence. He has served as the Local Secretary and Chair and was elected to the National Executive in 1986.

Since qualifying as a nurse in mental health and learning disability, in 1982, Neil has worked in the Leicestershire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). He was a senior nurse in both community and in-patient settings and is now Lead Nurse for the Families Young People and Children’s Division of Leicestershire Partnership Trust.

Neil is particularly interested in working with psychosis and has completed the Diploma in Medical Health Sciences (Psycho-social interventions) at Sheffield University.

Commenting on his involvement with FPSA, Neil says he is very proud to provide support to improve the care of young people. He looks forward to FPSA’s future with great anticipation and excitement.

Ron Symington (Honorary Treasurer)

Ron has been involved with our organisation since 1991, both as a member and now as a trustee.

Ron is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in a variety of CAMHS Tier 3 and Tier 4 since 1976. Although Ron retired from full-time work in 2007, he is now working in a part-time post in CAMHS Tier 3, in Bangor, North Wales. Ron’s main interests and expertise are in:
  •     in-patient CAMHS Tier 4
  •     the law relating to children and young people
  •     clinical supervision

Dr Alan Cockett (Trustee)

Alan joined the FPSA Board of Trustees in 2011, shortly after retiring from his full-time work as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Prior to this Alan was a member of our founding organisation, APSA.

For much of his extensive career, Alan was an in-patient consultant and had a special interest in eating disorders. He is also experienced in CAMHS Tier 3 and had a particular interest in dissociative disorders and self-harm.

Alan is a past editor of the European Journal of Eating Disorders, (now the European Eating Disorders Review) and was a regular attendee at the international conference ‘European Council on Eating Disorders’ conference. Along with his involvement with the FPSA, Alan is a member of the South West Regional Governance Committee of Rethink Mental Illness. He was also a director of the Eating Disorders Association (now called Beat).
 
Alan’s main therapeutic interests are in the field of systemic therapies and he has been involved as a family therapy trainer. His experience includes teaching and training medical students, postgraduates in psychiatry and psychology and trainees in nursing and social work.

Alan sees his role as an FPSA trustee as a natural extension of his skills and knowledge. It gives him, he says, an opportunity to help professionals assess training opportunities and funding.

Samantha Jaques-Newton (Trustee)

Samantha has been involved with our organisation for over six years, starting as a co-opted member before becoming a full member and a trustee.

Samantha is Professional Lead Occupational Therapist at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Her longstanding interest is on how occupational therapy can contribute to changing the care of adolescents through exploring the holistic views of a service user. Sam has a strong interest in using the model of human occupation to frame this work.

Sam has worked with a range of different services including children, forensic services, and people with a learning disability. She also spent over five years in CAMHS, on an inpatient unit and in the outreach team.

Sam currently works in adult learning disability services but she is involved in transitional services that include adolescents, so her current work is relevant and she remains committed to work being done in the adolescent field. 
 
Sam’s particular interests are learning disabilities, substance misuse and sexual abuse. She is particularly interested in how using an occupational perspective can influence this work.

Being an FPSA trustee, says Sam, means she is making a difference to young peoples’ lives and helping future generations.

Janine Smith (Trustee)

Janine Smith has been involved with our organisation for many years, both locally and at a national level, serving as a trustee and a director. She was involved in the strategic development of our transformation from a membership organisation to a grant giving foundation. This led to our successful change to the FPSA in 2011.

Since Janine qualified as a nurse in mental health in 1991, she has worked in Nottingham CAMHS (in-patient/Tier 4) as a senior nurse. She is still with Nottingham CAMHS, working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Self-Harm Team.

Janine is particularly interested in adolescents and self-harm, and delivering evidence-based practice interventions. She is keen to explore how systems outside the health arena and multi-agency and inter-agency working can be developed to work in the best interests of young people.

Janine is passionate about her involvement with the FPSA. She is proud to represent the organisation and communicate its aims and objects at national conferences and forums.

Keith Wilshere  (Trustee)

Keith has been involved with all three iterations of our organisation since 1989, when he joined the South Yorkshire group, serving as Treasurer, and then the National Executive, in 1990.

Since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1988, Keith has spent various points of his career working in Derby, Kingston on Thames, Richmond, Sheffield, Hull and East Yorkshire.

Keith is currently Deputy Director of Integrated Governance, Trust Lead Allied Healthcare Professional (AHP), Humber NHS Foundation Trust. He is particularly interested in working with depression. He has completed his Masters at Lincolnshire and is currently studying for his PhD in Derby.

Keith has remaining interested in and committed to the FPSA, previously editing both the practice magazine Rapport, for over 13 years, and some of the more recent FPSA Briefings. He is the Chair of his school governors and remains proud and dedicated to supporting young people in general and particularly those in the care systems.

Advisors

Dr Ann Hagell

Dr Ann Hagell is a chartered psychologist with a longstanding interest in social policy and adolescent well-being. 

Ann has worked with a range of universities, think tanks and funders over the past 25 years, and is committed to making research findings relevant and useful to policy and practice. She is editor of the Journal of Adolescence, and is currently based at the Association for Young People's Health (AYPH).

Ann was previously head of the Nuffield Foundation's Changing Adolescence Programme, on which her most recent book is based (Changing Adolescence: Social trends and mental health, Policy Press, 2012).
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The FPSA offers funding for relevant courses, conferences and training. Find out who can apply now. FPSA do not provide retrospective funding, if you have already paid for a course, training or conference you cannot apply for funding. Please check the deadlines for applications before you submit. 
 

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