James Fitton

James Fitton

Key skills

  • Strategic direction of complex projects
  • Application of evidence-based practice
  • Service evaluation and design
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Service and organisational strategy


Prior to joining Mental Health Strategies, James Fitton spent 14 years in the English National Health Service, managing a wide range of mental health and learning disability services in urban and rural areas of the North West of England. For the past 17 years he has led and contributed to research and strategic projects within mental health services throughout England and beyond, working with national and government bodies, statutory and independent providers, and the voluntary sector. Throughout, he has taken a particular interest in evidence-based practice, both in clinical services, and in their organisation and management. James has also served as a Director of the National Institute for Mental Health in England, and as a trustee of several charities and social enterprises.


Examples of projects which James has led include:

  • Simulation modelling projects in fifteen different mental health economies across England
  • A three-year evaluation of integrated care in Wakefield
  • An eleven-site collaborative development of mental health care planning in the Republic of Ireland
  • An independent evaluation of the mental health system in the City of Manchester
  • The development of a new mental health strategy for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Mental Health Strategies have built a reputation for integrity, intelligence and specialist expertise over the past 20 years, and I’m proud to have played my part in that. Outside work and family, I also hugely enjoy my other life as a gigging musician, writing music for and playing various squeezeboxes in an English ceilidh band.

MA (Oxon) MSc (Oxon) MBA FRSA


Tags: service-evaluation-review, simulation-modelling