New boss for Magee centre

Professor Gerry Leavey

Professor Gerry Leavey

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One of the UK and Ireland’s leading researchers in the filed of mental health is to take up a new post based in Derry.

Professor Gerry Leavey, formerly the Director of Research at the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health, becomes Professor of Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Director of the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus.

The Belfast native takes up his new post on September 1.

“My vision for the Bamford Centre is primarily to help improve the patient experience for mental health service users and their families in Northern Ireland,” Professor Leavey says.

“We will do this by working closely with the voluntary sector and having more engagement with services users and their carers. Our research will be Health Service oriented, it will be about the patient experience, improving services, and we will work with Trusts, clinicians, families, and of course with patients – developing research that is appropriate to their needs.”

Professor Leavey has held several senior posts in health trusts in London and is currently involved in a number of major academic studies, including work exploring issues around suicide,