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

Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant

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  1. Manchester Academic Health Science Centre Clincal Lead for Mental Health in Adults of Working Age.
  2. Senior Lecturer in CENTRUM & Division of Psychology & Mental Health.
  3. Honorary Consultant at 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 at the end of 2002 and completed his Ph.D. part-time in 2003.

As an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Manchester Mental Health & Social Care NHS Trust and then Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/) he has been involved in developing rehabilitation services across Manchester over the past decade and in 2015 took over as Responsible Clinician for Anson Road rehabilitation unit. Until 2015 he also led on the implementation of recommendations from the Schizophrenia Commission (http://www.schizophreniacommission.org.uk/the-report/) and participation in the resulting national Innovation Network, which he also advised.

In 2013 he became Clinical Lead for Adults of Working Age within Manchester Academic Health Science Centre's Mental Health theme, which he continues. HIs objective is to improve translation of research evidence and novel treatments into clinical practice.

Social responsibility

I advised the charity Rethink Mental Illness on setting up the Innovation Network and have spoken to local groups. I have lectured on schizophrenia and the effect of antipsychotic drugs at various events for mixed audiences including professionals, patients, and carers. I have worked with various advisory groups of service users and carers on developing informative materials and collaborative prescribing methods. I collaborate 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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