Emma Wadey RN MH

National Head of Mental Health Nursing, NHS England and NHS Improvement & Member of the Technical Advisory group on mental health impact of COVID-19 across the European region for the World Health Organisation.


Emma is a mental health nurse leader  with 25 years of experience across a wide range of health, emergency care and criminal justice settings. Maintaining clinical practice throughout her career has always been a priority and Emma continues to work as a consultant Nurse in a local Psychiatric liaison service based in a large acute hospital.  Passionate about the provision and transformation of effective and recovery based mental health services she has led the development of new and innovative services for the most vulnerable in our society. More recently she has been the clinical lead for the National Mental health, learning Disability and Autism COVID-19 response cell, providing expert clinical oversight during the pandemic.

She is leading the national program of work on reducing suicides in Nursing and Midwifery and is a member of the expert advisory group and Nurse representative on the design and implementation of an enhanced mental health and wellbeing offer for healthcare staff.  Emma is committed to continual professional development and advanced practice and has developed clinical academic pathways for mental health nurses and contributed to the development of competency frameworks in advanced practice.  Key to improving patient care is ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of Nurses, with this in mind she has worked with the National Midwifery team building on the success of the Professional Midwifery Advocate program to develop a Professional Nurse Advocate program. By the end of March 2022, over 5000 nurses across all fields of practice and in all healthcare, settings will have been trained in this new professional clinical leadership program.

Emma maintains her own health and mental wellbeing through trail running, reading and spending as much time as possible with her family and two cats.