Rachel Perkins OBE

Member of Implementing Recovery

Formerly Director of Quality Assurance and User Experience at South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, Rachel Perkins is now:
•Chair of Equality 2025 Chair of Equality 2025 (the UK cross Government strategic advisory committee on issues relating to disabled people hosted by the  Department of Work and Pensions) 
•A member of the ‘Implementing Recovery – Organisational Change’ project team (a programme to help organizations to develop recovery-focused practice commissioned by the UK Department of Health and delivered by a partnership between the NHS Confederation and Centre for Mental Health). 
•A member of the UK Mental Health Strategy Ministerial Advisory Group.
•Co-chair of the UK Ministerial Working Group on Equalities in Mental Health. 
•External advisory member of the UK Government Inter Ministerial Group on Disability Employment.
She is also a long term user of mental health services and a  member of National Mind External Relations Committee. In 2010 she was voted Mind Champion of the Year and awarded an OBE for services to mental health.
In 2009 she was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to lead an independent review into how Government might better support people with mental health problems to gain work and prosper in employment. (Realising ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental health condition, DWP, December 2009). She has written and spoken widely about social inclusion and participation for people with mental health conditions and has pioneered the UK development of programmes to help people with mental health difficulties to access employment and education based on the ‘Individual Placement with Support’ approach, including one designed increase employment opportunities within mental health services for people who have themselves experienced mental health problems. Her latest book, written with Julie Repper, is Social Inclusion and Recovery: A Model for Mental Health Practice (2003, Balliere Tindall).