In memory of Helen Lester

Helen LesterThe Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health would like to pay tribute to Professor Helen Lester who died recently after a short illness.

In 2011, Helen co-founded the JCP with Neil Deuchar, with the aim of providing clear and understandable guidance for existing and new commissioners on ‘what good looks like’ when commissioning mental health services.

An inner-city GP in Birmingham, and also Professor of Primary Care at the University of Birmingham, Helen ensured that clear thinking, plain speaking, and practical change were at the heart of all the JCP’s work.

We will all miss her warmth, good humour and compassion.