Professor Paul Burstow

Professor Paul Burstow

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Professor of Mental Health Policy

Contact details

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Paul Burstow joined the University's School of Social Policy as a part-time Professor of Mental Health Policy.


Paul has over a quarter of a century of public policy experience, covering local government, health and social care. He served as the Minister of State for Care Services between May 2010 and September 2012 during which time he was responsible for developing the government's mental health strategy, 'No Health Without Mental Health'. He also crafted the legislation that became the Care Act in 2014.

His Ministerial brief was extensive including mental health, long term conditions, technology enabled care, older people and disability.

During 18 years as a parliamentarian, he was a member of the Health Select Committee and Public Accounts Committee, as well as convening a number of health and care related all-party groups. Paul brings his insights and experience of the setting of public policy and the interface of the political process with evidence and practice. His appointment is part-time and strategic. He will be leading a Birmingham Policy Commission on Mental Health Promotion and Prevention.

Since leaving Parliament in May 2015, Paul has also taken up the role of Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where he leads the Board and Council of Governors in developing the Trust's psychosocial approach to mental health.


A specialist in the field of mental health policy with a particular interst in children and young people. Professor Burstow, who is also a former Care Services Minister,  is currently leading a Birmingham Policy Commission on mental health.