Clare Lyons-CollinsClare Lyons-Collins


NHS Improvement, Head of Mental Health Policy

Clare has worked in healthcare for 24 years, and trained as an Occupational Therapist specialising in Stroke and Head Injury and laterally in mental health. 


She has worked in management positions across mental and physical health as well as commissioning mental health services for Hammersmith and Fulham CCG. During her commissioning role, she led the development of an integrated perinatal mental health service including maternity, health visitors, GPs as well as mental health providers, as well as delivering on mental health liaison transformation and demand management for secondary care mental health provision. 

Clare is passionate about improvement in mental health care and is leading NHS Improvement’s development of a sustainable model of improvement as outlined in the FYFVMH Implementation plan.  Clare recently completed an MBA at Henley Business School specialising in how to reduce the incidence of leadership failure in the NHS through ethical and responsible leadership.  She lives in Wandsworth, South West London with her husband Peter, and children Rebecca (7) and James (4).