Associate Director – Adult Research
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Tel: 07957 595593

Graham Durcan has worked in the mental health field for 37 years and is a psychiatric nurse by background. He has worked in a variety of settings, including CAMHS, community, acute inpatient, high secure NHS, a prison and has been fulltime with Centre for Mental Health (formerly the Sainsbury Centre) since 1996 (22 years).

Graham’s work with the Centre has involved research, evaluation and service development work in a variety of areas and these include CMHTs, Assertive Outreach, Crisis Resolution, Early Intervention in Psychosis, criminal justice, veterans mental health, secure mental health care, acute inpatient care and whole systems work.

For the last fourteen years he has lead the Centre for Mental Health work in Criminal Justice and has worked on projects covering: prisons, Immigration Removal Centres, secure care services, policing, liaison & diversion, resettlement, probation and gangs. Graham has contributed to work programmes run by the World Health Organisation’s Prisons Programme and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Europe and Asia. Graham is currently reviewing health and justice commissioning across Greater Manchester. 

Graham has recently supported the Mental Health Act Independent Review Panel on part three of the Act and has also analysed a qualitative survey (over 2000 responses) of the experience of carers and people with lived experience of the detention under Mental Health Act. Graham has also recently reviewed Perinatal Mental Health and an intervention for reducing self-harm in young people. 

Graham has a Doctorate based on his research on prisoners’ mental health needs, an MSc in Research and Evaluation in Health and Social Care Settings and BSc in psychology.