Professor Mark Spurrell

Honorary Visiting Professor

Professor Mark Spurrell is a Consultant Psychiatrist with extensive experience in complex case management and rehabilitation and recovery in mental health. This has been combined with a career in service development and design in both the NHS and the independent sector. He has worked in both the independent sector and for a NHS Mental Health Trust as a medical director and has been actively engaged in bringing management ideas from the commercial sector into the NHS. He is currently practicing in the field of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability in the North West. He is currently researching the development of effective service platforms in mental healthcare. 


MB. ChB., MSc., FRCPsych, Diploma in Company Direction


Professor Spurrell is a Trainer within the North West Deanery. He is collaborating with the Institute of Medicine at Chester to develop an MSc. in Medical Management.

He has been a clinical tutor and a programme director for postgraduate medical training in mental health.  He has taught on postgraduate membership and MSc. programmes for mental health in Manchester and Liverpool.

He has taught a programme on complex case management for General Practitioners.

He has served a period as chairman of the mental health section of the Manchester Medical Society.


Professor Spurrell has published in the area of PTSD. He has had a longstanding interest and has published on the understanding and improvement of health care from a services marketing and design point of view. He is currently engaged in a DBA project with Manchester Business School to study the applicability of service dominant logic to Care Programme Approach (CPA) case reviews in mental health. A selection of work includes:

Published work

Thomas C.S., Spurrell M.T., Hackett R., and Hore B.D. (1989) The Severity of Withdrawal in Subjects Exposed to a Combination of Alcohol and Minor Tranquillisers.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 154, 83 - 85.
Spurrell M.T. (1990) Immune response and depression: a methodological study.  MSc thesis, Manchester University.
Spurrell M.T., Creed F.H. (1993) Lymphocyte response in depressed patients and subjects anticipating bereavement.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 60 - 64.
Spurrell M.T., McFarlane A.C. (1993) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and coping after a natural disaster.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.  28, 194 - 200.
Spurrell M.T., Thomas C.S. (1994).  The market for a community rehabilitation service.  The Bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Spurrell M.T., McFarlane A.C. (1995). Life events and psychiatric symptoms in a general psychiatry clinic:  The role of intrusion and avoidance.   British Journal of Medical Psychology.    68  333-340.
Spurrell M. (2000).  Consultant learning groups in psychiatry: Report on a pilot study. Psychiatric Bulletin.  24, 390 – 392.
Hadfield B., Spurrell M.T. & Perry A.  (2000).  Emergency Referrals to an Acute Psychiatric Service.  Journal of Mental Health. 9, 3, 305 -317
Perry A., Hatfield B. & Spurrell M. (2002). Specialist service use following psychiatric emergency presentation: an 18 month follow up study.  Health & Social Care in the Community.  10, 6,  417 - 528
Spurrell M., Hatfield B. & Perry A.  (2003).  Characteristics of patients presenting for emergency psychiatric assessment at an English psychiatric hospital.  Psychiatric Services54, 1, 240 – 245.
Spurrell M. (2008).  Should women be a special case when it comes to services for psychosis?  Mental Health Today, Oct: 23-6.


Conference Presentation:
Spurrell, Mark and Nathan Proudlove (2014), “An Exploration of the Applicability of Service Dominant Logic in Mental Healthcare:
A case study of Care Programme Approach Documentation in a UK Learning Disability Trust,” Proceedings of XXIV Annual RESER Conference 2014, 1291-1303:
Spurrell M. (2015), “How Well are Participant Networks Represented at CPA Case Reviews in UK Mental Health?” Presentation at the annual DBA conference, Manchester Business School, Manchester.

Spurrell M. (In preparation) “Putting yourself in a position to know”.  Chapter submitted for Green, B. (ed.): book in preparation on risk and negligence.