The Digital Psychiatry SIG's work enhances evidence-based leadership within the field of mental health and technology.

The SIG primarily focuses on four areas:

  • technology in clinical practice
  • research insights
  • educational opportunities
  • community building.

Executive Committee

David Rigby is one of two co-chairs of the Digital SIG. He is an ST7 in General Adult and Older Adult Psychiatry currently working in Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education and used to be the Mentoring Lead for East and North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Outside of work, David is a keen gamer and VR enthusiast. He is the co-founder of PsychTech, a yearly conference on the theme of technology and mental health.

Dr Romayne Gadelrab is one of two chairs of the Digital SIG. Romayne is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, and a Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London. Romayne is interested in the effects of technology on our mental health.

Following her Maudsley psychiatry training, she studied Innovation at the Elisava School of Design, Barcelona and is keen to see the integration of new technologies in mental health. She also works as an honorary Doctor at the National Centre for Gaming Disorders with a special interest in problematic use of the internet and gaming. 

Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa (MD, MSc, PhD) is a clinical academic with expertise in Digital Mental Health, Global Mental Health and Medical Education. In her doctoral research, she explored the views of different stakeholders (mental health professionals, volunteers and patients) about the potential of social relationships between people with severe mental illness and volunteers through different formats (face-to-face or using technology) in different European countries.

She developed a new digital volunteering intervention - the Phone Pal - that connects patients and volunteers in the community through smart-phones, which she tested in a trial. She was nominated by Columbia University as one of the Top 100 Innovative Women Leaders in Global Mental Health.

She also has clinical and research experience in Africa, where she was screening alcohol, smoking and other substances involvement, in primary and mental health care users in Luanda, while studying for the International Master on Mental Health Policy and Services at the New University of Lisbon supported by the WHO.

She is past president of the European Federation of Psychiatric trainees (EFPT), and has been the Chief Investigator and study manager of the Brain Drain Study, researching mobility experiences of psychiatric trainees in 33 European countries. 

Dr Faith Ndebele is a Virtual Consultant Psychiatrist and Digital Innovation Lead Mental Health at Solent NHS Trust.   

An NHS consultant psychiatrist since 2003, she has worked in a variety of settings and prior to her current role worked for over 10 years as a consultant psychiatrist in psychiatric intensive care (PICU).  She is among the first consultant psychiatrists to pioneer 100% remote working in the NHS and is excited to contribute to the development of this innovative role which includes digital remote clinical assessments, virtual clinical and educational supervision of postgraduate doctors, teaching and research.  

Her interests include exploring and developing flexible, novel ways of working in mental health supported by technology, research on the use of technology to monitor vital signs/activity as well as contributing to projects that promote staff wellbeing.

Iain currently works as a General Adult Registrar in Oxford, he also acts as a medical advisor and member of the clinical safety group for Thalamos LTD; a software company that have digitised the Mental Health Act process. Iain is a Member of the faculty of Clinical Informatics and has an interest in the use of data and digital clinical safety with the emergence of new software, electronic health records and telepsychiatry.

Iain brings the Digital Psychiatry Special Interest Group several different perspectives on informatics in Psychiatry;  the view of the trainee, the independent developer and the Clinical Safety Officer. Iain has represented the Digital Psychiatry SIG at the NHSX Digital Clinical Safety Strategy Consultation workshops to guide the future direction of digital applications in healthcare.

Bijal Sangoi is a Speciality Registrar in Forensic Psychiatry and an honorary Psychiatry Teaching Tutor for HEE West Midlands Post Graduate School of Psychiatry.

Working in psychiatry for eight years, Bijal is an IMG working in the UK since 2019. Her interests include promoting psychiatry, creating awareness about mental health inequalities and medical education. 

Outside of work, she is enthusiastic about travelling, and also has a keen interest in writing and reading all things fiction or non-fiction. In her own words, “I am relatively new to the world of digital psychiatry, but enjoying every moment of it while learning so many fantastic and geeky aspects of digital technology along the way.”

Dr Bachlani is the Clinical Director for Priory Group Acute and PICU Network of Hospitals and an inpatient Consultant Psychiatrist. Asif is also the Hospital Medical Director for Priory Hospital Woking and Oxford Wellbeing Centre.

Asif has always had an interest in providing highest quality care for patients and has used ‘data’ in order to develop patient pathways in order to meet the needs and unmet needs of the local population. Asif has led on development of patient pathways including the NELFT Acute Care Pathway, North East London Transition Pathway, Physical Health pathway for people with psychosis and Kingston Personality Disorder Pathway.

Due to his interest in mental health outcomes, Asif was also the NHS London Co-Clinical Lead for Mental Health Outcomes for 2 years, between 2017-19 where he authored NHS London training modules on Introduction to HoNOS and How to analyse HoNOS. Asif has also held various clinical and managerial positions in NHS Trusts including Associate Medical Director, Trust Lead for Mental Health Outcomes and Chief Clinical Information Officer.

Asif passionately believes in the value of data for clinicians and organised the 1st ever clinician focused data events for the South London Partnership and the Pan-London benchmarking conference in 2018. Asif organised the inaugural RCPsych Better Data, Better Care conference in 2019 for the General Adult Faculty as well as a series of BDBC webinars and was the Chair of the organising committee for RCPsych 2021 conference.

George is an Academic Clinical Fellow at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the IoPPN, King’s College London. He has a research interest in digital phenotyping, which he has previously investigated at Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry, where he remains an Honorary Member.

He holds a Topol Digital Health Fellowship, providing healthcare professionals with training to lead digital health innovations. George has a keen interest in public engagement; he currently sits on the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Public Education Editorial Board and recently founded the Maudsley Digital Health Group to explore topics related to digital technologies applied to mental health.

Dr Ashy Rengit is currently sub-specialising in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with interest in neurodevelopment and the role of digital technologies in clinical practice. She currently assists with project/ website-based tasks within the SIG.

Lia is a doctor and digital health strategist with extensive experience across the spectrum of digital healthcare. She believes that delivery of exemplary healthcare requires a holistic, biopsychosocial, service design approach. She has done this via transformation roles in the NHS (frontline and at the centre for NHS England), charities & for-profit sector including start-up advisory and commercial roles as Head of Mental Health and Long Term Conditions Strategy, Chief Safety Officer and Chief Clinical Innovation Officer.

Lia is enrolled on an MSc in Healthcare and Design run by Imperial College and the Royal College of Arts. She is a fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and a member of the RCPsych Informatics Committee and the Shuri Network. She currently serves on the Digital Health Network’s CCIO advisory panel.

Clinically she is a dual qualified general adult and old age psychiatrist with liaison psychiatry accreditation currently working in liaison neuropsychiatry for the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. At NHS England she led clinically on the NHSx Digital Playbook for Mental Health and is involved in several other national digital transformation pieces of work.

Lia is passionate about ethics and safety by design, patient-centred care and long-term conditions including mental health and has particular interests in integrated care, medical education and addressing health inequalities. 

Dr Amit Bansal is a General Adult ST6 Psychiatrist in East London Foundation Trust. 

He has worked on a number of innovation projects in post. Most recently this has involved automation of upload of Clozapine results to a collaborative platform for more easy access. He has an interest in user design that is currently being developed as part of an Msc program at UCL and is currently exploring how to improve digital literacy within his current organisation as part of a Quality improvement initiative. Amit has a combination of some technical skills and an interest in user experience that he hopes to bring together in various forms through implementation of various digital technologies. 

Dr Zain Hussain is an Academic Core Psychiatry Trainee (CT1) in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He was previously a Foundation Fellow for the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2020-22).

He is an aspiring clinical academic and aims to work at the intersection of data science, digital technologies and psychiatry. He is particularly interested in risk prediction models, and the use of natural language processing (for digital phenotyping, and social media analysis). He has published his work in a number of journals, including eClinical Medicine, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Journal of Medical Internet Research and BMJ Open. 

In 2018, he was the joint winner of the 'Public Health Product Forge' Hackathon, where he formed the team ‘Docmetrics’ and developed a data analytics tool for General Practice. In 2019, he received the Palliative Care Section Research Prize from the Royal Society of Medicine, for his work on predicting patient prognosis in critical care using artificial neural networks.

In 2020, he worked as an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow as part of a team at the University of Edinburgh, to develop a novel Artificial Intelligence powered dashboard for COVID-19-related public sentiment and opinion mining in social media platforms, for informing national policy considerations. More recently, he was awarded the NIHR Mental Health TRC and Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Taster Award in 2022, as part of which he completed a short placement at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

He also has a keen interest in medical education and is an Associate Faculty Member of the Clinical Educator Programme at the University of Edinburgh. He supervises research projects for Year 1 MBChB students, which are focussed on the use of digital technologies in healthcare.

Read more about plans for DPSIG

Read the Digital Psychiatry Special Interest Group proposal.

Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry