Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Double win at Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards 2017

Two psychiatrists from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust have won prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards.

The Psychiatrist of the Year 2017 prize was awarded to Dr Sridevi Kalidindi. She is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation and Recovery, as well as the South East London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Mental Health Lead and a Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer at the IoPPN (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience).  

As the former Chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), she has collaborated to set the national direction of rehabilitation psychiatry. She is a co-author of national Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health Commissioning Guidance for Rehabilitation Services and co-developed the national RCPsych Rehab service standards.

The award was presented to her by Norman Lamb MP, the Liberal Democrat former health minister (pictured above).

Dr Kalidindi said: “I have been able to undertake the work because of supportive, inspirational colleagues and leaders. It's definitely a team effort.

“Setting standards and actively advocating, with others, for service users and carers to have the right personalised, evidence-based psychiatric, bio-psychosocial care and support, and more specifically rehabilitation psychiatry, has been a main aim.

“Where the right complement of good rehabilitation services exist locally, the whole mental health system is improved and people’s lives are transformed.

“It really is a joy and a great privilege to work at the Trust and at RCPsych. I do hope that my colleagues will feel that this award is theirs too.”

Professor Oliver Howes received the R N Jajoo Memorial Academic Researcher of the Year Award. A Consultant Psychiatrist, he runs a service at the Trust for people with refractory psychoses. He is Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the IoPPN and the London Institute of Medical Sciences, Imperial College London.

His research into a new approach to treating schizophrenia as a disease of the immune system was recently covered in The Guardian.

Professor Howes said: “It's a great honour to be recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in this way. My research usually involves lots of people so this award is also testament to the many fantastic students and colleagues at King's and the Maudsley who have helped with my studies.

“I am very grateful to them and the people who nominated me for their inspiration and support over the years. Most importantly, I'd like to thank the patients who motivate and take part in our studies.”

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