Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Honours 2019

Congratulations to two of our consultant psychiatrists, Dr Sridevi Kalidindi and Dr Gertrude Seneviratne who have both been recognised on the New Year’s Honours list.

The New Year’s Honours list 2019, published on 29 December, recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.

Dr Gertrude Seneviratne, Lead Consultant Psychiatrist in specialist perinatal mental health services at the Trust, will receive an OBE for services to perinatal psychiatry. Dr Seneviratne is also chair of the perinatal psychiatry faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Seneviratne said: "I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honour for services to Perinatal Psychiatry. Most importantly, this is tremendous recognition of the importance of supporting and caring for all women’s mental health in a non-stigmatising way during preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, the postnatal period, as well as their babies, children, partner and families. By getting it right at this point, it can secure the mental wellbeing of not the just the mother, but also the family and developing child.

"It is also an honour to all perinatal psychiatrists and multidisciplinary colleagues within perinatal mental health services and primary care colleagues, who work with women and their families, as well as to those who do research and education in this field."

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, Consultant Psychiatrist in rehabilitation at the Trust will receive a CBE for services to rehabilitation psychiatry. Dr Kalidindi is also South East London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Mental Health Lead, a Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer at the King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and is the former chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Kalidindi said: “I feel incredibly grateful to have received this significant honour; it means a lot to me and also to my family. It was a wonderful surprise. Thank you to whoever put me forward. 

"I hope that this honour will further raise the understanding of the needs of those with longer term, serious mental illness who need Rehabilitation psychiatry. Aswell as better support to resource the solutions, to improve their care and lives. This honour is for all those working in, teaching and researching, Rehabilitation Mental Health too. 

"Thank you to all of the patients, carers, teams of people and organisations, that I work with. This award has only been made possible, because of you, and thus also belongs, to you.

“In particular, I would like to thank South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and specifically Dr Matthew Patrick, RCPsych, IOPPN and GIRFT, NHSI. I would also like to thank others I have worked closely with over the years on various national policy, and service development including housing colleagues; and more recently, those involved in interdisciplinary work on improving the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce, which in turn improves care and outcomes for patients and carers. A subject very close to my heart.

“The work we undertake in mental health and social care, transforms lives for the better. Every one of you in SLaM, clinical and non-clinical staff, are an important and essential part of the whole, enabling this life-changing work. I hope recognition of the importance of this work, in the New Year’s Honours, will provide us with an even better platform, to make further improvements for those we serve.”

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