Prof Nav Kapur MBChB, MMedSc, FRCPsych, MD

Professor of Psychiatry & Population Health

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Nav s Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health at the University and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.  He is Head of Research at the Centre for Mental Health and Safety. He leads the suicide work programme of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health.

Nav is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group (England) and helps to lead a major NHS England Quality Improvement Initiative focussed on suicide prevention. 

He has held a number of roles for NICE including chairing the development groups for the NICE self-harm guidelines and Quality Standards.  He was also topic expert for the NICE suicide prevention guideline. He is currently Chair of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE depression in adults guideline and Topic Advisor for the new NICE self-harm guideline. 

He is academic programme lead for the Integrated Academic Training Scheme (Walport Scheme) in Psychiatry.  He is also an Honorary Consultant in Psychiatry at the Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust.  

Nav has published over 300 peer reviewed papers (  He is the lead author of Suicide Prevention (Oxford University Press 2019, a single volume primer on the science and practice of preventing suicide.   

He is the recipent of the 2021 International Association for Suicide Prevention Stengel Research Award for outstanding research in the field of suicidology ( and the 2021 American Association of Suicidology Louis I. Dublin lifetime achievement award for suicide prevention (



Nav is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health at the University of Manchester and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist within the NHS in the UK.  He qualified in medicine from the University of 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 of Manchester and took up his current post in 2008.


  • 1992 MB ChB, University of Leeds
  • 1996 MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1997 MMedSc University of Leeds
  • 2001 Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in General Adult Psychiatry with endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry
  • 2002 MD, University of Manchester
  • 2008 FRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists

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