Nav is Head of Research at the Centre for Mental Health and Safety in the University. He leads the suicide work programme of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness.
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.
He is the lead author of Suicide Prevention (Oxford University Press 2019 https://global.oup.com/academic/product/suicide-prevention-9780198791607?lang=en&cc=gb), a single volume primer on the science and practice of preventing suicide.
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 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.