South Asian History Month

Next week, we launch our very own bespoke celebration called South Asian History Month – to mark the contribution of people of South Asian heritage to the development of psychiatry and the College.

The event will run for the month of July and marks the contribution of a group of doctors who make up one third of our entire membership.

To celebrate the event, we are hosting two all-member webinars and will also post a series of blogs.

We are also covering the event in a two-page article in this month’s RCPsych Insight – which features interviews with Professor Dinesh Bhugra, our first ever President of South Asian heritage and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be our Registrar, Dr Trudi Seneviratne.

The first South Asian History Month webinar – entitled Celebrating our History – will be held on Thursday 9 July between 4-5.30pm and will include talks from:

  • Professor Dinesh Bhugra
  • Dr Pearl Hettiaratchy, our first officer of South Asian heritage
  • Dr Shahid Latiff, Chair of our Transcultural Special Interest Group
  • Dr Adbul-Hameed Latifi, of the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals UK
  • Dr Yugesh Rai, a trainee from Colchester, and
  • Dr Russell Razzaque, member of the RCPsych Council and Consultant Psychiatrist.

The event will be chaired by RCPsych Psychiatrist of the Year 2018 Dr Sri Kalidindi and Associate Registrar for Member Engagement Dr Santosh Mudholkar.

The second South Asian History Month webinar – entitled Current and Future Challenges – will be held on Thursday 16 July, between 4-5.30pm and will include talks from:

  • Professor Kam Bhui, Editor in Chief, British Journal of Psychiatry
  • Dr Ananta Dave, author of the recent College report on the impact of Covid-19 on BAME healthcare workers
  • Dr Shahid Latif
  • Dr Rajesh Mohan, Chair of our Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry, and
  • Dr Trudi Seneviratne.

The event will be chaired by College Associate Dean Dr Subodh Dave and Dr Santosh Mudholkar.

Our decision to roll out South Asian History Month #southasianhistorymonth was shaped by our College values of Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning and Excellence (C.I.R.C.L.E.), which are transforming the way the College is run.

Over the last 12 months, in line with our values, we have also started to celebrate Pride, Black History Month and International Women’s Day.

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