Partner: David Shiers, Retired GP and father of a daughter with schizophrenia, North Staffordshire; Co-convener with Dr Jackie Curtis of Sydney of an international special interest group, iphYs, concerned about the poor physical health and premature mortality that lie ahead for young people experiencing psychosis and its treatments.

Preferred contact:
twitter @Davidiris1
Resident in: UK; Working in: UK; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Communications/website, Services/early intervention/prevention, Health inequalities; Related Area(s) of Interest: Evidence-based practice/social movement to create health improvement; Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Physical health of people experiencing severe mental illness
Brief Description of Work: I am a retired GP with particular interest in mental health stemming from being father to a daughter with schizophrenia. From initial complaints about my daughter’s early experiences of care (mid 90s) I became involved in a radical service reform, contributing to the WHO Early Psychosis Declaration (2004) and jointly leading the National Early Intervention in Psychosis Programme (2004-10). Retiring in 2010, I remain committed within an international community (iphYs) to promoting an early intervention paradigm to address antecedent physical health risks and health inequalities which otherwise propel young people with psychosis towards poor health and premature death.
Read more:
my Rethink blog
Healthy Active Lives (HeAL) consensus statement
Lancet psychiatry editorial
Lester Positive Cardiometabolic Health Resource
iphYs – international special interest group

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