Friday, June 07, 2019

Consultant Psychiatrist recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours 2019

Congratulations to our Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Shubulade Smith, who has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.


Dr Smith, who is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, has been awarded a CBE for services to forensic psychiatric intensive care.


Dr Smith said: “Forensic psychiatry and in particular forensic intensive care is a really challenging area to work in and I’m very much supported by my team at the trust.


“I was amazed and delighted to have been recognised in this way. It is an honour that rewards the compassion and dedication of all those who work in intensive care psychiatry, from the doctors, nurses, OTs and other multidisciplinary colleagues to the administrative staff and researchers.


“It also highlights the people we work with who often have the most impoverished, traumatic lives and are frequently marginalised from all parts of society. I feel very grateful to have received this honour for services to Forensic Psychiatric Intensive Care.”


The Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published on June 8, recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life. An honours committee makes recommendations to the prime minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.


Dr Shubulade Smith is a consultant psychiatrist with 26 years’ experience in psychiatry – including 19 years at consultant level. 


Dr Smith is the Lead for the Acute Forensic Pathway at the South London Community and Mental Health Partnership (SLP) and the Lead consultant for the OATs Team for the SLP.


She worked at Bethlem Royal Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where she ran the forensic intensive care unit. Before this she worked at Maudsley Hospital, where she ran the general intensive care unit. Her ward was shortlisted for Psychiatric Team of the Year.


Dr Smith was voted a BMA pioneering consultant and nominated as a Woman of the Year in 2002 for the development of her ‘One Stop Shop’, a medication review and physical monitoring clinic for people with mental health problems. She is known nationally and internationally for her work in the hormonal and reproductive effects of antipsychotic medications.


Dr Smith has worked with a number of patients using psychodynamic and cognitive therapy as well as running a psychodynamic group for people with personality disorders for two years. She has a very holistic approach to psychiatric care, valuing the importance of the complex interactions between the biological, psychological and social aspects of a person, how these shape an individual and how attention to this complexity allows a better determination of how best to help that person.


Dr Smith is a clinician with a strong academic focus, using the latest evidence to provide her patients with optimal care. She continues to do research at the IoPPN, looking at the effect of Vitamin D in reducing psychosis (D-FEND); sexual health in people with mental health problems (SHRINE) and culturally-adapted family interventions (CAFI). Dr Smith is a clinical supervisor and trains junior psychiatrists. She is a Module Co-Lead for the MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Science and also teaches regularly on the Maudsley MRCPsych training course (training psychiatric trainees); the IoPPN Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course (teaching trainee clinical psychologists) and teaches medical students from Guys, Kings and St Thomas’ (GKT) Medical School.


Dr Smith has published over 60 journal articles, research letters and book chapters in the field of psychiatry. Dr Smith also works at the Royal College of Psychiatrists where she is the Clinical Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.


Dr Smith was responsible for some of the key sections in the influential “The Abandoned Illness” report of the Schizophrenia Commission, including the sections on violence, black mental health, physical health and treatment. More recently she was a key contributor to the Independent Mental Health Act Review, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. She led the Criminal Justice System topic group, and sat on the core working group, evidence review group and the African and Caribbean working group.  

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