Founder and Director of Real Insight
Nash's own recovery journey enabled him to realise the importance of a holistic approach to recovery that gives people more control over their health and wellbeing. His guiding principle is to see ‘service users’ as peers, with assets beyond their challenges or diagnosis.
Nash works with fellow peers, frontline staff, senior, and strategic management teams across a range of organisations, as a consultant, trainer and adviser, assisting organisations change their structures and practice toward a fully inclusive culture. This ensures peers have increasing influencing in strategic and frontline service design and delivery, bringing whole system gains.
He is currently an Expert User Consultant with West London Mental Health NHS Trust (WLMHT), where he co-designed, and developed one of the country’s first in-house Recovery Colleges within a forensic medium secure service.
Nash was a Joint winner in WLMHT’s Quality Awards, alongside Lilian Hove, involvement and recovery team, forensic services, in the category: “Quality improvement through research or innovation.”
Nash’s co-lead, design and development role in the Recovery College at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), has resulted in one of the country’s leading examples of meaningful peer involvement. Nash continues with a strategic role on the College’s Advisory Group.
Nash is also integrating his framework into the recovery college at Cedar House Hospital (The Huntercombe Group), to ensure that co-production is at the heart of the process throughout.
In collaboration with the Big Lottery Funds Fulfilling Lives programme, Nash worked with Resolving Chaos to develop a successful service user involvement group, that works across the London Borough’s of Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham.