New national Clinical Director for Learning Disabilites for NHS England

As of 1 January 2017, Dr Jean O’Hara is the new National Clinical Director for Learning Disabilities for NHS England.

Here is Jean's Biography:

Jean is clinical director at South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s Health Partners (KHP) Academic Health Sciences Centre, and a consultant psychiatrist in intellectual/learning disabilities. Originally from Hong Kong, she qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1983 and took up her first consultant post in 1992. Jean is passionate about improving quality of care and developing future generations of clinicians. Throughout her career, she has held formal management and leadership roles within the NHS, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal Society of Medicine and the London Deanery.  Jean is visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

Her clinical practice and academic interests have focussed on ethnicity and diversity, parents with learning disabilities, inequalities in healthcare and health outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, particularly those with learning disabilities and mental illness. She is chair of the editorial board for ‘Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities’ (Emerald Publishing) which integrates research into clinical practice. Her books ‘Adults with Learning Disabilities: a practical approach for health professionals’ (Wiley & Sons, 1997) was the first published handbook for primary care, and ‘Intellectual Disabilities and Ill-Health: a review of the evidence’ (CUP 2010), the first comprehensive review of mental and physical disorders in people with learning disabilities.

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