Mental Wellbeing of Staff Special Interest Group

Ellie Walsh – Navigo – Joint SIG Lead- Mental Wellbeing of Staff

Our Mental Well being of Staff,  is jointly led by  Ellie Walsh, Nurse and Senior Operational Manager from NAViGO, and Dr Gita Bhutani, Associate Director for Psychological Professions and Interim Associate Director for Allied Health Professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. 

I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2000 and initially started work in  CAMHS/Family Therapy. I moved to Adult Acute Services  as a Senior Staff Nurse  when major changes to local services were on the drawing board.  I progressed my career in acute and was fortunate to be  actively involved in building a new acute  hospital and radically changing the services  delivered to  Service  Users in north East Lincolnshire.  I manage the Acute Mental Health Services for NAViGO which is a not for profit social enterprise and deliver an integrated service in which the inpatient, crisis and home treatment elements are integrated into the inpatient areas and  have no separate teams. I am a Lead Reviewer for the Royal College of Psychiatry (AIMS)  and have been since (2006) and have just joined the AIMS  advisory committee for working age adults, my own site is accredited as excellent.  I’m also a Specialist Advisor to the CQC although I have not joined any inspections  just yet.

I am passionate about service user care and work closely with Star Wards and currently competing a project with my Nursing Assistants for Ward Stars in which they have almost all achieved their Stars. I have effectively improved working relationships with the local police service for North East Lincolnshire (Humberside Police) and am proud to say that we had achieved  many of the outcomes for the  Crisis Care Concordat before it was published. As well as this I sit on several local collaborative committees including suicide strategy and victims support. I am also a wife, a mother, and recently a Grandmother  and love time with my extended family.

About Gita

Both Ellie and Gita would love to hear from you if you would like to be involved in this group.

Follow Ellie on Twitter at @WalshEllie or email her at  Follow Gita on Twitter at @GitaBhutani  or email her at