Healthy Teen Minds was started in 2013 by Robin Barker, a Registered Nurse (RN) in Mental Health, to provide Training and Advice to professionals and organisations supporting the mental health of children, young people and their parents / carers. Alongside his clinical work Robin has trained thousands of professionals and worked with organisations across the United Kingdom.
Healthy Teen Minds co-created and now runs the We Can Talk project, an internationally recognised staff training programme to improve children and young people’s experiences of attending hospital due to their mental health. The We Can Talk project works with over 20 NHS Trusts in England and has trained more the 2000 staff since 2017.
Robin is a Registered Nurse (RN) in Mental Health and an experienced practitioner in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). He has over fifteen years of experience working with young people in the United Kingdom and the United States in various roles including education, health, youth services, commissioning and policy. His enthusiastic and informative approach to training and accessible expertise has enabled him to work with a wide variety of partners across health, education and social care including NHS England, Healthy Education England the Child Outcome Research Consortium (CORC).
In addition to his Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing from the University of Southampton he has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA, where he attended on a Hunt Leadership Scholarship. In 2014 he was awarded a prestigious Darzi Fellowship in Clinical Leadership (NHS Leadership Academy) where he worked in NHS England’s national children and young peoples clinical policy and strategy team and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership in Health from the University of Leeds Centre for Innovation in Health Management. He is a former Professional Advisor on CAMHS at Health Education England.