MHNA biography George Coxon

George has what he describes as a ‘portfolio career’ in health and social care.  He trained in mental health nursing in the 80s and then spent many years working as a CPN, team manager, counsellor, therapist, training and service manager before becoming primary care mental health advisor at Avon Health Authority, Bristol in the mid 90s before becoming a senior commissioning manager throughout the noughties. 

George has retained a very hands on role in dealing with mental health issues in his role as director of a care provider company running care homes in Devon and his commissioning work with NHS Devon incorporated all aspect of health care most recently as end of life care programme lead. His current NHS work includes supporting the local CCG in areas of fall prevention and LTC management as well as doing special projects related to admission avoidance and leading work on developing a local quality kite mark for dementia care in Devon.   

He has been the Regional Mental Health Nursing lead for Wales working for the Mental Health Nursing Association and was nominated to take on the interim chair role for the MHNA in 2012.  George has developed links between mental health nurses in China and has been involved in work with the Department of Health in the Partners in Health Forum. He has presented at national and international conferences for the MHNA and has a special interest in dementia care, bi polar disorder, issues related to Mental Health commissioning and older people mental health and general older people frailty, particularly keeping and getting people out of hospital where this can be done safely.