Our special interest group on Military Veterans is jointly led by Dr Dan Barnard, Head of Psychological Services – ICS Integrated Community Services at Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Claire Maguire, Clinical and Professional lead for Psychological Therapies at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Dan is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in complex trauma who is passionate about forging authentic alliances with people in his clinical and wider work, involving service users wherever possible, and trying in all things to remain compassionate, collaborative and impactful.
Dan completed his Doctorate at Oxford University in 2003 and has worked in various clinical and leadership roles. He is currently clinical lead for Ex Armed Forces mental health and Head of Psychology Community Services in Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.
He is an experienced motivational trainer with an approach rooted in evidence based clinical work and real-world pragmatism. He will naturally work across imaginary ‘boundaries’ that seem to exist between different parts of NHS services and more widely in Local Authority and Third Sector championing and sharing best practices in a media-savvy manner and working together for the benefit of service users.
Whilst civilian himself, from a young age due to family military history Dan was always proudly aware of and grateful for the particular sacrifices made by those who have served in HM Armed Forces. This interest joined up later in life through his clinical skills and expertise in mental health.
The sustainable model Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust have established is based on adapting mainstream services for Ex-servicemen and women making them more culturally sensitive and engaging but not requiring ‘ivory tower’ type transformation where for example only veterans treat veterans. There is an active service user forum helping steer and shape the model as it further develops and grows into other clinical areas.
Dan is a family man who tries not to take himself too seriously, loves music, mountains, conversation and good craic.
They are keen to hear from other collaborative members who would like to take this work forward with them.