Paul Burstow is a social policy entrepreneur and thought leader. He chairs the Social Care Institute for Excellence and is also a professor of mental health policy at the University of Birmingham. Between 1997 and 2015 he was Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam. He served as the minister of state for care services between 2010 and 2012. In the latter role he covered a wide range of social policy issues including mental health, adult social care, carers, personal health budgets, safeguarding, end of life care and long term conditions as well as drafting the Care Act.
Paul is Char of the Tavistock & Portman NHS foundation trust.