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Sarah Hughes

Chief Executive
Centre for Mental Health (Confirmed)

Sarah has worked in mental health and criminal justice for 25 years. Having initially trained as a social worker, Sarah has managed a range of innovative community and secure services, most recently at Mind in Cambridgeshire. She also led the research and evaluation of the pioneering First Night in Custody project in Holloway Prison which saw the roll out of these principles across the prison estate supported by the Cabinet Office. In recent years, Sarah has led Mind in Cambridgeshire, an organisation known for values led practice and high impact campaigns including Stop Suicide and StressLess. Sarah is passionate about the mental health of the nation and believes it is possible to achieve parity of esteem by drawing on the amazing work already being undertaken across the country.

  • Understanding the links between LTCs and mental health
  • Addressing both physical and psychological needs of LTC patients
  • Investing in mental health to improve physical outcomes for LTC patients
  • Fostering training in psychological assessment and management for LTC practitioners
  • Delivering integrated service design and provision for co-morbidity