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RCPsych Awards 2017 – Winners

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Winners of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards 2017 announced

The winners of this year’s Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards have been announced this afternoon (6 November), and each presented with their trophy.

The RCPsych hosted the ceremony – now in its ninth year – at its offices in Prescot Street in the shadow of the Tower of London. Some 300 guests working in psychiatry and mental health attended and warmly applauded the winners.

Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists congratulated the shortlisted individuals and teams before the proceedings began; mentioning how hugely impressed the judges were by this year’s quality of entries received for each category of the award.

Musician, journalist columnist, presenter and Church of England priest The Reverend Richard Coles, hosted the awards. Reverend Coles expressed how delighted he was to be part of the College’s Awards.

Alastair Campbell, a writer and strategist who is a prominent ambassador for Mental Health Campaigns, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Rob Poole.

To close the event, Professor Wendy Burn, took part in an enthralling Q and A with Professor Poole.


The 2017 winners are:

Maxime Taquet

Medical Student of the Year

Maxime Taquet is a graduate-entry medical student with the University of Oxford who is passionate about digital psychiatry. Maxime has developed an app to monitor neuropsychiatric variables such as mood, attention and sleep which has been used by over 60,000 people. He recently published the first findings from this big data initiative in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Megan BrownMrinalini Dey

Foundation Doctor of the Year

Due to the high quality of nominees for this category this year the judging panel have decided to award this jointly.

Dr Megan Brown is a Foundation Year Two Doctor currently working in Scarborough. She completed her psychiatry rotation in her first foundation year, working within both the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team and the Liaison Psychiatry team in York. She has a keen interest in psychiatry, especially in the relationship between physical and mental health and better integration of the two throughout services.  Whilst with the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team she undertook a quality improvement project concerning cardio-metabolic monitoring for those on antipsychotic medication based upon implementing the guidance found in the Lester Tool, national best practice. This was achieved through creation and population of an interactive, team-wide spreadsheet to clearly highlight areas of cardio-metabolic monitoring requiring action. Megan will be applying for Psychiatry training this academic year.

Dr Mrinalini Dey is an Academic Foundation doctor in North West England. After graduating from the University of Cambridge last year, her first placement was in psychiatry. Achievements during this rotation include initiating a communication skills teaching scheme for medical students, and completing a multi-centre audit (currently under review for publication), earning her first prize at the North West Royal College of Psychiatrists Conference 2016.


Mary-Ellen Lynall

Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year

Dr Mary-Ellen Lynall is an Academic Clinical Fellow at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Her research, supervised by Professor Ed Bullmore and Dr Menna Clatworthy, focuses on the role of the meningeal immune system in the link between psychological stress and psychiatric disorders. Mary-Ellen is co-author of the textbook ‘Lecture Notes in Psychiatry’; a member of the RCPsych Wellcome/Gatsby Neuroscience Commission; and teaches neurobiology to undergraduate medical students at Cambridge University.

The judges said that although Mary-Ellen’s interest in neuroscience predates her entry to medical school, as a psychiatry trainee she has gone on to investigate the links between the immune system, stress and depression developing protocols now being used in labs across the UK. She is also an outstanding clinician and skilled medical educator with an exemplary record in teaching neuroscience to medical and natural science students


Rory Conn

Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year

Dr Rory Conn is a consultant in Paediatric Liaison in Exeter and a passionate advocate for young people’s mental health. He is committed to addressing mental health stigma and promoting psychiatry as a career. During 2016 he published several book chapters and international peer reviewed papers, developed paediatric mental health educational projects and appeared on BBC News and Radio 4. His acclaimed interview with Julia Bradbury on Radio 4 went on to become Pick of the Week.


Angie and Tony Russell

Service User/Patient Contributor of the Year

Angie and Tony Russell are the founders and directors of the Positive Practice collaborative. This collaborative provides individual and group support to over 40 MP policy leaders from all parties. They also host an annual Positive Practice collaborative mental health awards event and have an online directory of Positive Practice in Mental Health with over 200 examples across adult, children and young people, older people and staff wellbeing.


Alan Worthington

Carer Contributor of the Year

Alan Worthington is a respected pioneer who has been a major influence on national mental health policy. He became a carer in 1989, soon establishing the Exeter Carers’ Support Service and promoting ‘Carer Engagement Strategies. Later he joined the National Institute of Mental Health England Acute Steering Group, creating the Triangle of Care (2010) resource, now being implemented in 32 Trusts. He advises various organisations including ‘The Carers Trust’, the Care Quality Commission and the Devon Partnership Trust.


Mani Santhana Krishnan

Psychiatric Communicator of the Year

Dr Mani Santhana Krishnan is passionate about promoting Delirium awareness to health care professionals and the public. He has been actively championing Delirium prevention in Teesside and internationally through social media, including starting the hashtag #icanpreventDelirium which now has global recognition. His Delirium Education work was highly commended at the BMJ awards 2017.

He was part of a Team of the Year at last year’s RCPsych Awards and also received the ‘Inspirational leader of the year’ award in 2017 from the North East Leadership Academy.


Subodh Dave

Psychiatric Trainer of the Year

Dr Subodh Dave is passionate about humanizing psychiatric education and led an award-winning ‘Expert Patient’ led and simulation-based undergraduate medical education programme at the University of Nottingham. As Associate Dean for Trainee Support, he has developed early support and mentoring programmes for International Medical Graduates (IMGs), addressed the root causes of differential attainment and focused on supporting and valuing trainees and trainers. He has also co-authored a text book for undergraduate medical students.

He manages to balance a busy community adult psychiatry post with leadership roles in quality improvement, equality and diversity and in global mental health apart from medical education.


Oliver Howes

R N Jajoo Memorial Academic Researcher of the Year

Professor Oliver Howes is Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at London Institute of Medical Sciences, Imperial College, London. His clinical work is as Consultant Psychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital where, amongst other things, he runs a service for people with refractory psychoses.


Anand Ganesan

Specialty Doctor or Associate Specialist of the Year

Dr Anand Ganesan is the Winner of the Prestigious Wales Deanery BSAS Award 2014 under the category Innovation in Medical Education. He is acting up as General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist with additional responsibilities; ECT Clinical Lead and Specialist Perinatal Clinics. He is also a Secondary Care Appraisal Lead, ECTAS peer reviewer, Cardiff University Honorary Clinical Teacher and Postgraduate Clinical & Educational Supervisor. He is passionate about Preventive Psychiatry and promotes Quality Improvement. He advocates for co-production and parity in care for mentally unwell and takes pride in empowering individuals to achieve their own mental well-being.


Sri Kalidindi

Psychiatrist of the Year

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi is the immediate past Chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and as such she has collaborated to set the direction of Rehabilitation Psychiatry nationally. She is a co-author of the national Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health Commissioning Guidance for Rehabilitation Services and also co-developed the national RCPsych Rehab service standards, used by 60 per cent of in-patient Rehab units in England to date.


Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Glasgow

Psychiatric Team of the Year Award for a team working with children and adolescents

Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

This multi-disciplinary team based at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, serves the local paediatric population and delivers regional and Scottish national services. After some years of staff shortage, organisational changes and the move to the new hospital in 2015 with an increased age range, the team has engaged successfully with paediatric colleagues to deliver a high quality service.


Hopewood Park Crisis and Inpatient Team

Psychiatric Team of the Year, Working-age Adults

Hopewood Park Crisis and Inpatient Team

In 2014, with the support of the Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group and a flexible body of Consultant Psychiatrists, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust took a pioneering approach to the provision of consultant led care seven days a week. The service has been evaluated and delivered key improvements across a number of clinical areas, such as direct care, out of hours leadership, junior doctors supervision and patients satisfaction.


 Older Adult CMHT – South Oxfordshire

Psychiatric Team of the Year, Older-age Adults

Older Adult CMHT – South Oxfordshire

This multi-disciplinary, enthusiastic and dedicated Community Mental Health Team assesses and treats patients over 65 years (or younger if they suffer with cognitive problems) with complex mental health problems, wherever they are in the community. They also provide a Memory Clinic pathway which provides assessments of cognitive functioning, treatment and support options as appropriate.


Women’s Forensic Learning Disabilities Secure Service

Psychiatric Team of the Year, Non-age specific

Women’s Forensic Learning Disabilities Secure Service

The Women’s Forensic Learning Disabilities service at Roseberry Park Hospital comprises a Medium Secure five bedded service (Thistle) and two six bedded Low Secure services (Ivy and Clover). The full Multi-disciplinary team is committed to clinical excellence, person centred working and effective care pathway progression.


East London Memory Clinics

Psychiatric Team of the Year, Quality Improvement

East London Memory Clinics

The aim of the project was to achieve the Prime Minister’s target of ensuring that 65% of the expected dementia population have a diagnosis of dementia, however they receive high levels of referrals for people who do not have a severe cognitive impairment. Their processes mean that the flow from referral to diagnosis falls well outside of the 18 week national target. Their interventions using QI methodology resulted in measurable improvement and they applied clear metrics.


Technology Assisted Psychiatry

Psychiatric Team of the Year, Outstanding Commitment to sustainable service development

Technology Assisted Psychiatry

The Emergency Department Psychiatric Service provides assessment and brief follow-up to patients (over 12yrs) presenting with mental health issues to the Emergency Departments in Oxfordshire. The team, led by Charlotte Ball and consultants Kezia Lange and Kathleen Kelly, supports the work of the Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research and has an interest in using technology to improve patient care.



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