Andy has over 35 years’ experience in mental health. He has held Director posts in the statutory, independent and professional sectors and continues to hold a number of senior advisory positions to statutory and non-statutory organisations.
His previous roles include Clinical Director for Forensic services and Clinical Director for adult mental health services, and he has a long demonstrable history of improving services. He left the NHS in 2014 and works with his professional Associates as independent consultants to mental health services across the UK and abroad, (AndyJohnstonAssociates).
Andy has contributed to many national programmes/publications and is an Editorial Board member of two international peer review scientific journals. He also has over 25 years’ experience as a trainer and senior lecturer in conflict resolution and physical intervention.
Andy has reviewed over 60 services spanning 8 European countries over the last decade. He held Executive Secretary and Director of Operations roles within the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU) Executive from 2002 until May 2013 and was appointed as Executive Director of Policy and Public Relations in 2019. He is a co-author of Towards Safer Services – National Minimum Standards for Organisational Restraint Reduction Plans and is Specialist Clinical Advisor to the United Kingdom Restraint Reduction Network.
Andy has focussed much of his professional time engaging with children and adolescents in services across the UK since 2014 and led on some qualitative research for The Children’s Commissioner.