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Emma Stanton

(United Kingdom) Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust CEO Beacon UK and Europe

Harkness Project Title: Value in Mental Health Care

Placement: Partners Community HealthCare

Mentors: Thomas H. Lee, M.D., CEO, Partners Community HealthCare
Elliott Fisher, M.D., Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy Research, Dartmouth Medical School
David Goodman, M.D., Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy Research, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth Medical School
Richard Bohmer, M.B.Ch.B., Professor, Harvard Business School

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Emma Stanton, B.M., MRCPsych, a 2010-11 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is former clinical advisor to the Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, England. She is also a core member of the NHS Leadership Council. Stanton is also recipient of the NHS London "Prepare to Lead" mentoring scheme and co-editor of Clinical Leadership: Bridging the Divide, a book written by "Prepare to Lead" 2008 participants from NHS London, as well as co-author of M.B.A. for Medics, published October 2010. Previously, she served as clinical advisor to BUPA Health Dialog, Chief Medical Officer's Clinical Advisory Scheme, and was clinically trained at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Stanton holds an Executive M.B.A. from Imperial College, London, a MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a bachelor of medicine from Southampton University.


Project: Stanton’s project considered the challenge of how to measure “value” in mental health care, and whether value might be improved by integrating mental health care into primary care settings.  “Value” was defined as patient health outcomes achieved relative to costs expended (as proposed by Michael Porter).  Site visits were conducted at a set of mental health organizations that integrate mental and physical health care (Cherokee Health System, DIAMOND [Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering a New Direction], Intermountain Healthcare, and the Veteran Health Administration).  At each site, semi-structured interviews with staff (medical, nursing, allied health, academic and administrative) were conducted, and information sought on both the outcomes and costs of care.

Career Activity since Fellowship

  • CEO, Beacon Health Options, 2011-2017
  • Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Current Positions: (updated 10/2017)

  • Chief Partnership Officer, Beacon Health Options 


Email: [email protected]

Harkness Related Publications

Fielden J, Stanton E. Mental health: not all liaison services are equal. Health Serv J. 2014 Apr 11;123(6394):26-7.

Stanton E. The case for change for British mental healthcare. J R Soc Med. 2014 Apr;107(4):135-7.

Dunkley L, Cox D, Stanton E. Mental health. End of the line for outpatient clinics. Health Serv J. 2013 Nov 22;123(6376):24-5.


Stanton E, Cox D, Tuckey L, Szabo J. Mental health. The upheaval of coming of age. Health Serv J. 2013 Aug 2;123(6362):20-1.


Palmer J, Stanton E, Cox D. Mental health: A refreshing approach to contracting services. Health Serv J. 2013 Jun 7;123(6354):30-1.


Park D, Stanton E, Ciezki K, Parrell D, Bozile M, Pike D, Forst SA, Jeong KC,  Ivanek R, Döpfer D, Kaspar CW. Evolution of the Stx2-encoding prophage in persistent bovine Escherichia coli O157:H7 strains. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Mar;79(5):1563-72.


Stanton E. Mental health. Ensuring ill health is not all in the mind. Health Serv J. 2013 Feb 7;123(6338):32-3.


Sood H, Lemer C, Stanton E. Training: Get down to business. Health Serv J.2012 Jul 12;122(6313):24-5.


Stanton E, Wheelan B, Baggaley M. Mental health services: Intensive, but is it in the interests of patients? Health Serv J. 2012 Sep 6;122(6319):25-7.


Warren O, Stanton E. Leadership: Seven habits of emerging medical leaders. Health Serv J. 2012 Mar 22;122(6299):28-30.


Porter, M.E. Stanton, E. “High-risk pregnancy care at Great Western Hospital.” Harvard Business School Press.


Banerjee A, Stanton E, Lemer C, Marshall M. “What can quality improvement learn from evidence-based medicine?” J R Soc Med. 2012 Feb;105(2):55-9.


Stanton E, Lemer C, Marshall M. “Editorial: An evolution of professionalism,” J R Soc M 48 ed 2011: 104: 48–49.


Noble DJ, Lemer C, Stanton E. “What has change management in industry got to do with improving patient safety?” Postgrad Med J. 2011 May;87(1027):345-8.


Stanton E, Lemer C. “The third wave of leadership: the power of we,” International Journal of Clinical Leadership 2011.