Professor Alka Ahuja is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and the Lead Consultant for the Tertiary Neurodevelopmental service at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Alka is the National Clinical lead for the Welsh Government Technology Enabled Care Programme. She is the Finance Officer, Child and Adolescent Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Public Education lead, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales. Also a Visiting Professor at the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of South Wales. She has expertise in qualitative research methodology and her areas of special interest include neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and ADHD, user and carer involvement in healthcare services and employment of digital technology in healthcare.
Dr Jacinta Tan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and medical ethicist. She is also the Welsh representative for the Eating Disorders Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a member of the Royal College’s Professional Practice and Ethics Committee. She was the Project Manager of the CWTCH project (Connecting with Telehealth to Communities and Hospitals, but ‘Cwtch’ is also Welsh for ‘hug’) bringing telepsychiatry into our local CAMHS. Jacinta is extremely proud that CWTCH has won the Royal College award for Team of the Year 2020 in the Sustainability category and also that CWTCH has gone on to be adopted by the Welsh Government for the whole of Wales, bringing rigorous evaluation to the national rollout of telehealth in the Covid-19 pandemic. She ran the Welsh Government’s Eating Disorder Service Review in 2018 and is currently co-running the Scottish Government’s Eating Disorder Service Review. Jacinta is internationally known for her research on ethics and mental capacity in eating disorders. She has conducted research as varied as ethics of deep brain stimulation for anorexia nervosa, eating disorders in sport, school based preventative work, doctors' attitudes to end of life care and population databank work. Her vision is to co-develop collaborative, practical interdisciplinary mixed methods research, innovation projects and evidence-based policy with patients, families, academics, policymakers and clinicians. It is her goal to directly improve mental healthcare and wellbeing for people across the lifespan in Wales and the UK. Twitter: @DrJacintaTan @CWTCHGwent @CelebrateBody
Gemma Johns, Programme Manager, Technology Enabled Healthcare Wales (TEC Cymru)
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- Building Back Better? How can we build a new model of mental healthcare delivery which is more robust and sustainable? Dr Jacinta Tan, Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Medical Ethicist, Project Manager, CWTCH project