Nav is Head of Research at the Centre for Suicide Prevention in the University. He leads the suicide work programme of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness.
Nav was Chair of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE self-harm guidelines (longer term management) and chair of the NICE Topic Expert Group which developed Quality Standards for self-harm services. He is currently Chair of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE depression in adults guideline and a topic expert for the NICE suicide prevention guideline. He is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group (England).
He is mental health theme lead (with Tony Morrison) for the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network and academic programme lead for the Integrated Academic Training Scheme (Walport Scheme) in Psychiatry. He is also an Honorary Consultant in Psychiatry at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
Nav is Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health at the University and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
He qualified in medicine from Leeds in 1992. He then trained as a psychiatrist in Leeds and Manchester. He was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader in Psychiatry at the University and took up his current post in 2008.