Prof Richard Drake B.Sc.,M.B.,Ch.B.,MRCPsych.,Ph.D.

Professor/Honorary Consultant

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  1. Health Innovation Manchester Mental Health theme Clinical Lead for Physical Heatlh.
  2. Professor of Clinical Adult Psychiatry in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health, School of Health Sciences.
  3. Honorary Consultant at North Manchester Early Intervention Service, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. 
  4. Chair of Manchester Medication Managment Committee.


Richard Drake trained in Manchester and the Northwest of England. He became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1996 and won the Laughlin prize and Gaskell Medal. He started his research career working on the SOCRATES trial of cognitive-behavioural therapy in early psychosis. He became a Senior Lecturer in 2002 and a Professor in 2021. 

As an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Manchester Mental Health & Social Care NHS Trust and then Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust ( he was involved in developing rehabilitation services across Manchester. Since 2019 he has been a consultant in North Manchester Early Intervention Service, working full time there March-December 2020.

He is also a clinical co-lead for Mental Health in Health Innovation Manchester, Chair of the Manchester Medication Management Committee and part of the schizophrenia guidelines committee and teaching faculty of the British Association of Psychopharmacology. His aim is to improve translation of research evidence and novel treatments into clinical practice.

Social responsibility

He advised the charity Rethink Mental Illness on setting up the Innovation Network and have spoken to local groups. He has lectured on schizophrenia and the effect of antipsychotic drugs at various events for mixed audiences including professionals, patients, and carers. He has worked with various advisory groups of service users and carers on developing informative materials and collaborative prescribing methods. he has also collaborated with Dr Dawn Edge & Prof Kathryn Abel on developing methods of informing patients and carers.


  • B.Sc. in Physiology (1989)
  • M.B.,Ch.B. (1992)
  • M.R.C.Psych. (1996)
  • Ph.D. (2003)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Association of Psychopharmacology (teaching faculty, Schizophrenia treatment guidelines committee)

International Early Psychosis Association

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Manchester Medical Society (was Psychiatry section council member, nominated to be President of section)


External positions

Honorary Consultant Rehabilitation Psychiatrist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

1 Jan 2017 → …

Clinical Lead for Mental Health in Working Age Adults, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC)

1 Aug 2013 → …

Honorary Consultant Rehabilitation Psychiatrist, Manchester Mental Health & Social Care NHS Trust

1 Dec 20021 Jan 2017

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Schizophrenia, Psychosocial Interventions, Adherence , Prescribing, Neurocognition

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