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Services Task Group

Significant variation has been identified in how the NHS commissions and delivers care for populations in further and higher education across the UK. As part of our programme of work on mental health in higher education, a Task Group has been created to develop good practice frameworks for services and clinicians to address this variation and improve mental health care for further and higher education students.

The frameworks will provide guidance and good practice relating to:

  • the commissioning and delivery of student mental health services
  • partnership working between statutory care services and university-provided services​

This sits alongside previous work on mental health in higher education including Universities UK's (UUK's) #StepChange framework.

Task group members

  • Paul Jenkins (chair), Chief Executive Officer at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Vice Chair of the Mental Health Network​

  • Ben Bailey, Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education

  • Jeremy Christey, British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Universities & Colleges

  • Jackie Cornish, NHS England

  • John de Pury, Universities UK

  • Michael Doherty, Royal College of Psychiatrists

  • Liz England, Royal College of General Practitioners 

  • Helen Garnham, Public Health England

  • Clare Lamb, Royal College of Psychiatrists

  • Toni Mank, IAPT Lead at NHS England

  • Liz Maudslay, Association of Colleges

  • Gedminte Mikulenaite, Universities UK

  • Lydia Pell, The University Mental Health Advisers Network

  • Dominique Thompson, Buzz Consulting

  • Rachel Piper, Student Minds

  • Fleur Priest-Stephens, National Union of Students

  • Miranda Wolpert, Anna Freud Centre

Project milestones

  • First meeting of the programme took place on 11 October
  • Second meeting took place on 6 December
  • Third meeting is due to take place on 21 March
  • Good practice frameworks are due to be published in late spring 2018

Call for evidence

Service provider survey

​Please identify good practice in the sector in this short survey. This survey is particularly designed for those working in health and care, and higher education organisations, yet responses from all those involved in student mental health are welcomed. ​


Student survey

​Please help us identify good practice in the sector in this short survey. It is particularly designed for students in a higher education, who have previous experience of using mental health care services. ​It is investigating the ways in which mental health support and pathways between care and universities services can be improved. 


Contact & social media

For more information on this work, please contact Universities UK's enquiries service or tweet us @UniversitiesUK #stepchange #studentmentalhealth.​

Useful information

The team

John de Pury

John de Pury

Assistant Director
Universities UK

Kristen Hindes

Kristen Hindes

Executive Assistant
Universities UK

Gedminte Mikulenaite

Gedminte Mikulenaite

Policy Officer (Mental Health)
Universities UK


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