Mark Robertson, Commissioner for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group
“I have worked for the NHS for the last nine years, the last five years have been with Wandsworth CCG. Before joining the NHS I worked for Merton Council, within the social services department for 14 years.
“My role is to commission (or buy) services for people with mental health problems and for people with learning disabilities. The services commissioned range from specialist services provided by the local NHS Trusts, to those provided by independent organisations that support people with their mental health wellbeing and help to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health and learning disabilities.
“I grew up in South London and still live in South West London. I now work within a short bus ride of where I used to live and went to school. South West London is a fantastic place to live and work in, with a great diversity of places and people. Working in health and care which I have done for the last 23 years is very rewarding, because of the passion and commitment of my colleagues working within services and also of those people living and using services in the area.
“I am most proud to play a part in commissioning and supporting services for people facing challenges associated with mental ill health and learning disabilities. I am most keen to ensure that people, and the communities that they are part of, can fulfil their potential and can have a voice in shaping how services can best deliver this. Being able to develop services with the full involvement of those with lived experience and their families, such as the new Talk Wandsworth service is most rewarding.”