Mental Health improvement appointments

Ashley Farquharson and Johnathan MacLennan

Johnathan MacLennan and Ashley Farquharson have been appointed improvement roles for mental health services in Tayside.

Johnathan was appointed as the Mental Health Improvement Lead (Adult) for NHS Tayside in April 2018.  In this role he has responsibility to lead the design of quality improvement initiatives, projects and collaboratives across adult mental health services including least restrictive care and developing capability and capacity in QI in mental health.

He is a registered mental health nurse and was recently elected as the Vice-Chair of the Mental Health Nurse Forum, the Senior Nurse and academic forum for Mental Health nurses in Scotland.

Along with Mental Health Quality Improvement peers, he co-convenes the #MHImprove network which fosters the sharing of information through an annual event and use of social media to share, learn and connect internationally to improve outcomes for service users and care deliverers. Johnathan is currently studying an MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion at the University of Hertfordshire. He is a graduate of Wave 28 of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Improvement Advisor programme and is also an IHI faculty member.

Prior to this role he was the Improvement Advisor and National Programme Lead for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme for Mental Health and Improving Observation Practice.  Before joining Healthcare Improvement Scotland he spent 14 years working in NHS Lothian mainly in Forensics, CAMHS, inpatient and community rehabilitation services and Intensive Psychiatric Care.  During this time he was actively involved in the Edinburgh Napier University Leadership in Compassionate Care Programme (from 2009-2012) and continues to explore work on least restrictive, rights based care practices and understanding the Patient, Carer and Staff experience to test, design and deliver improvement.

Ashley Farquharson

Ashley was appointed as the improvement advisor working across adult mental health services in NHS Tayside in May this year.  Her role has a remit to work across community and inpatient care services to develop and design improvements to services ranging from least restrictive care through to co-producing service change with service users, carers and staff teams.  Ashley has worked in NHS Tayside for the last 12 years in a variety of roles across NHS Tayside and during that time has supported a number of improvement initiatives as a project manager whilst undertaking a degree in Management Studies with Robert Gordon University and an undergraduate qualification in Human Resource Practice.

For the last eighteen months Ashley has been involved in a variety of mental health improvement projects, such as developing performance reviews, ward level dashboard development and SCEA actions management.  Ashley has a background in graphic communications and aims to use this to develop creative ways of visualising improvement, collaboration, data and tests of change within Mental Health Services.

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