Gary is a registered mental health nurse and fully-accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Gary completed his mental health nursing degree at Kings College London in 1999 and has worked across Forensic, In-patient and Community settings both nationally and internationally. He has spent most of his clinical career developing, promoting and leading service change for individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis within Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services in Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and is highly skilled at delivering evidence-based interventions to this population. Gary has helped develop clinical care pathways and was involved in setting up the first CBT for psychosis (CBTp) services across Nottinghamshire secondary mental health services.
Gary has spent his career working with complex mental health problems in secondary care settings. He has particular expertise in the assessment, formulation and treatment of psychoses, delivering psychosocial interventions as a mental health nurse and formal psychological interventions as a CBT therapist to people experiencing a first episode psychosis (FEP). This includes individual work as a care coordinator and group-based interventions such as co-producing hearing voices programmes and co-facilitating bipolar psychoeducation programmes.
Gary completed his PG Dip in Psychological Therapies for Psychosis in 2009-2011 from Sheffield Hallam University and completed his PG Dip in CBT from University of Nottingham 2015-2017. During this period, Gary co-authored a chapter on 'Community Mental Health Nursing in action' (published by Wiley, 2018) and started to teach a range of workshops on Understanding Psychosis, CBT and CBT for Psychosis across adult mental health services. This was in-line with competency guidelines and aimed at upskilling community and in-patient clinical staff.
In 2018-2019, Gary successfully completed his PG Cert in Enhanced CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar at University of Oxford and also successfully completed the CBT supervisor training via the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC) in 2020. He has experience of being a 'sign off mentor' and is experienced at supervising CBT and CBTp trainees from Nottingham, Derby, Hull and Exeter Universities. Gary's clinical roles allow him to speak with credibility and authenticity about the opportunities to improve the delivery of good quality care to individuals experiencing common and complex mental health problems.