London Division Awards

The London Division are excited to launch the first-ever local Division Awards.

The development of the awards is thanks to the hard work of the London Division Executive Committee, London Awards Working Group, and support from HEE London, School of Psychiatry. The aim of the awards is to strengthen the identity of the Division, engage with our members locally, and to highlight and celebrate our members and local services.

The event ceremony was held in person at RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB, on 24 May 2022.

Nominations are now closed for the 2022 awards (see categories below).

For more information on the prizes/awards offered by the Division, please contact Jen Edwards.

Award Winners 2022

Medical Student of the Year

London Medical Student OTY

Samyak Pandey

Samyak Pandey is an outstanding medical student showing considerable innovation and initiative whilst undertaking a range of roles. He understands complex academic concepts as is evidenced by his MSc distinction in Clinical Neuropsychiatry. He has also demonstrated a high level of involvement with psychiatry at a practical level. Here he has made significant contributions to promote and further the profession including recently organising and  chairing the London Division’s successful Discover Psychiatry conference and during the pandemic arranging outreach work experience for 6th form students helping to de-stigmatise mental health. A President of the Psych Society he was also selected for Psych Star of the Year.

Trainee of the Year

London Trainee OTY

Dr Laith Alexander

A highly commendable winner, Dr Laith Alexander has made a remarkable impact within psychiatry before even commencing his specialty training. On a background of significant and impressive contributions to research and teaching in the field, what really stood out was his personal commitment to supporting his team members and delivering first rate clinical care to patients. His nomination by Professor Allan Young was replete with glowing feedback from those who had worked with him, including peers, seniors, and MDT colleagues.

Patient/Carer Contributor of the Year

London Patient Carer OTY

Onome Ugbeye

We want to give this award to Onome for her courage in sharing such a personal story , for her commitment in changing perception around FGM and mental health,  and for giving voice not only to people with mental health conditions but also to black women, migrants and FGM survivors. Her dedication to teaching and excellence is outstanding and her feedback impressive- the students have found her talks inspirational and a true blessing.

Psychiatrist of the Year

London Psychiatrist OTY

Dr Rajesh Mohan

There was a very strong group of Psychiatrists proposed for the RCPsych London psychiatrist of the Year award this year, with Dr Rajesh Mohan coming out as the clear and worthy winner. Dr Mohan really embodies College values,  for instance challenging and speaking up for people in his work with the Rehab Faculty and through his current role as Presidential Co-Lead for Race and Equality. This is also demonstrated at much more local levels and in his own individual practice and teaching – ensuring that patients are supported to Chair and lead their own clinical review meetings, innovating to co-produce personal health passports with people, so that physical health needs are also addressed. His ability to inspire others was mentioned several times, as a trainer, professional colleague and in keeping a patient focus in clinical practice. Finally, Dr Mohan works very hard  to promote positive values and perspectives from Psychiatry, within the profession in presenting at conferences, and also more widely in engaging with the media and voluntary care sector and others.

SAS Doctor of the Year

London SAS Dr OTY

Dr Emmeline Lagunes-Cordoba

Dr Emmeline Lagunes-Cordoba is a highly deserving winner for London SAS doctor of the year. She is a Mexican graduate who only started working for the NHS in 2019 and has gone on to achieve multiple success since then. Her achievements over the last year include management and leadership roles (several on RCPsych committees, including the London Division), academic publishing on topics of importance, teaching, and mentoring, whilst improving the clinical care in her own team and being highly valued by her patients and colleagues. Dr Emmeline Lagunes-Cordoba is passionate about enhancing the leadership and management roles of SAS doctors and improving the experience of International Medical graduates. She is a fantastic role model for the profession, and this is reflected in the 2 nominations she received for this category.

Team of the Year

London Team OTY

Croydon Mental Health Liaison Services

The Croydon Mental Health Liaison Service are worthy winners of the London Division Team of The Year Award having shown great resilience and adaptation during exceptional circumstances. They have worked remarkably well together emerging from the adversities of the last few years, as a closer-knit, stronger, more productive team, receiving multiple compliments, local awards, and forging collaborations with other services. As a result, the team has significantly grown and now provides a breadth of additional services.

Contribution to Care during Covid

Emmert - Contribution to care during covid

Dr Emmert Roberts

The London Division were keen to recognise the exceptional care provided during what has been an unprecedented year again with COVID. This award goes to Dr Emmert Roberts. When the COVID-19 lockdown was implemented the UK government issued a directive that local authorities should provide temporary emergency accommodation to individuals experiencing rough sleeping under an initiative named ‘Everyone In’. In London this occurred largely through procurement of hotels which, at its peak, provided housing to over 5,000 individuals.

Given the burden of substance misuse co-morbidity within this population Dr Roberts founded and provided the clinical leadership for the Homeless Hotel Drug and Alcohol Service (HDAS-London), the first pan-London substance misuse service providing alcohol, drug and tobacco support to individuals temporarily housed in hotels.

To date, the service enabled over 250 people to newly enter structured addiction treatment. This service supported Pan-London coordination of care of the individuals experiencing rough sleeping over the 33 London boroughs.

What is particularly worth highlighting is how Dr Roberts has not only led on adapting to Covid but has been instrumental in developing a much-needed service that will be a positive outcome from the pandemic. At a time when they could easily have been ignored or overlooked,  Dr Roberts shows respect for people who are so often shown great disrespect in our society. He works collaboratively and achieves excellence through doing so.

Educator of the Year

Dr Maurice Lipsedge

Dr Maurice Lipsedge is a real tour de force, who despite everything has continued to give his all, by volunteering his time and supporting all those who surround him. From arranging teaching for students missing out because of Covid, conducting interviews when others couldn’t, supporting students academically, emotionally and providing career support - all this on the back of his ill-health. It would be hard to capture Dr Lipsedge in our own words, so we leave the words of his nominator; “he is my inspiration and I know he is for many others too”.

Special Honorary Award

Special Honorary Award
Nadra Ahmed, OBE, Chair of National Care Association kindly agreed to accept the honorary award certificate on behalf of ‘All the care staff working in London residential and nursing homes. This award recognises the amazing care workforce that we have here in London and their outstanding contribution and enduring compassion shown during the COVID pandemic and beyond. Care workers go above and beyond every day to provide excellent care, extraordinary commitment, and professionalism. They have shown such courage over the past few years caring for our most vulnerable during one of the most challenging periods we have ever experienced. This award recognises exceptional practice, selfless hard work and dedication to rightly give the recognition and appreciation that those individuals deserve. Thank you.

Award categories

The person putting forward a nomination for this award should be a member or associate of the Royal College of the Psychiatrists, i.e. psychiatry/mental health block lead, tutor, or other member involved in the education for the nominated medical student

Only nominations for medical students attending a London medical school can be considered in this category.

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Has made a positive impact to the wellbeing of patients or carers during their London medical school placements
  • Shows excellent communication skills to patients and carers in London
  • Shows commitment to Psychiatry in London
  • Shows ability to use excellent psychiatric skills in their clinical studies in London
  • Shows a high degree of kindness, compassion and respect to colleagues and patients/ carers.
  • Has raised the positive image of psychiatry across the rest of medicine and society in London
  • Demonstrates RCPsych Values: Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning and Excellence.

Please use the entry form to provide details of the nomination.

Please read the rules for entry before submitting the nomination.

The Trainee Award has been developed with support from HEE London, School of Psychiatry.

Only nominations from members or associates (including PMPTs and Affiliates) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be considered in this category. 

The person nominated should work and/or live in London.  

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee has achieved one or more of the following: 

  • Made a positive impact in London to patient and/or carer well-being 
  • Demonstrated excellence in clinical work 
  • Demonstrated excellence or innovation in teaching, quality improvement, research, service development and/or supervision of junior colleagues 
  • Made efforts towards achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health in London 
  • Supported fellow trainees and members of the multi-disciplinary team beyond the normal remit  
  • Shown a high degree of kindness, compassion and respect to colleagues and patients/ carers.  
  • Raised the positive image of psychiatry in London across the rest of medicine and society. 
  • Been a proven positive role model for the rest of the psychiatric profession. 
  • Demonstrates RCPsych Values: Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning, and Excellence.

Please use the entry form to provide details of the nomination.

Please read the rules for entry before submitting the nomination.

The person nominated should have either received services or cared for someone who received services within the past five years in London.

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Has made a positive impact in promoting psychiatry and bringing the lived experience perspective to London mental health services
  • Shows collaborative and co-production work with London mental health services
  • Has been able to combat stigma in London, against mental illness
  • Has been able to make a positive difference to patients and carers in London
  • Has shown a high degree of kindness, compassion, and respect to other patients/carers.
  • Has helped mental health professionals improve their practice in London
  • Demonstrates RCPsych Values: Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning, and Excellence.

Please use the entry form to provide details of the nomination.

Please read the rules for entry before submitting the nomination.

Only nominations from members or associates (including PMPTs and Affiliates) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be considered in this category.

The person nominated should work and/or live in London.

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Has made a positive impact in London to patient and / or carer well-being.
  • Has demonstrable clinical excellence skills.
  • Has demonstrated excellence in teaching / training and supervision.
  • Has demonstrated excellence in leadership, management and /or research.
  • Has raised the positive image of psychiatry in London across the rest of medicine and society.
  • Has demonstrated a high degree of kindness, compassion and respect to colleagues and wellbeing of other team members.
  • Has demonstrated innovation in clinical practice and service development.
  • Has made efforts towards achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health, at a national and/or local level.
  • Demonstrated RCPsych Values: Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning, and Excellence.

Please use the entry form to provide details of the nomination.

Please read the rules for entry before submitting the nomination.

Only nominations from members or associates (including PMPTs and Affiliates) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be considered in this category.

The person nominated should work and/or live in London.

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Has shown clinical excellence and exemplary patient care.
  • Has shown excellence in medical education, leadership and management, and / or research.
  • Has raised the positive image of psychiatry in London across the rest of medicine and society.
  • Has demonstrated innovation in clinical practice and service development.
  • Is a proven positive role model for the rest of the psychiatric profession.
  • Has made efforts towards achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health, in London.
  • Is kind, compassionate and respectful beyond what is expected in their work.
  • RCPsych Values: Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning, and Excellence.

Please use the entry form to provide details of the nomination.

Please read the rules for entry before submitting the nomination.

Only nominations from members or associates (including PMPTs and Affiliates) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be considered in this category.

The team nominated should be part of a mental health service within the London Division.

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Has made a positive impact in London to patient and / or carer well-being.
  • Has demonstrated clinical excellence and exemplary patient care.
  • Has raised the positive image of psychiatry in London across the rest of medicine and society.
  • Has demonstrated innovation in clinical practice and service development.
  • Is a proven positive role model for the rest of the psychiatric profession.
  • Is kind, compassionate and respectful beyond what is expected in the way they work.
  • Makes the wellbeing of their team members a high priority.
  • Demonstrates RCPsych Values: Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning, and Excellence.

Please use the entry form to provide details of the nomination.

Please read the rules for entry before submitting the nomination.

Only nominations from members or associates (including PMPTs and Affiliates) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be considered in this category. The person nominated should work and/or live in London.

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Has shown excellence in medical education, leadership and management, and / or research.
  • Has raised the positive image of psychiatry in London across the rest of medicine and society.
  • Has demonstrable continuous involvement in the process of learning, development, and assessment as part of a wider QI project.
  • Is encouraging and supportive in their methods, especially in those who are struggling/ in need of extra support.
  • Focuses on pastoral care alongside academic/professional progression.
  • Is a proven positive role model for the rest of the psychiatric profession.
  • Demonstrates RCPsych Values: Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning, and Excellence.

Please use the entry form to provide details of the nomination.

Please read the rules for entry before submitting the nomination.

Only nominations from members or associates (including PMPTs and Affiliates) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be considered in this category.

The person nominated should work and/or live in London.

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Has made a positive impact in London to Covid prevention and support of services, and patients/carers
  • Has shown leadership in dealing with the pandemic in clinical services within London.
  • Has shown support for staff dealing with Covid and helped reduce stress in London services.
  • Has shown ability to positively adapt to Covid situation and provide a high-quality service for clinical care, training, teaching and evidenced-based approach.
  • Is a positive role model for London mental health staff and patients.
  • Demonstrates RCPsych Values: Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning and Excellence.

Please use the entry form to provide details of the nomination.

Please read the rules for entry before submitting the nomination.

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