Statement from our President, Professor Wendy Burn in response to the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Statement / comment
08 June 2018

Today, 8 June , Her Majesty the Queen announced the 2018 Birthday honours list and we are delighted that four members of RCPsych are included:

  • Dr J S Bamhrah
  • Professor Matthew Hotopf
  • Dr Ashok Roy
  • Dr Wendy Woodhouse

Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “We're delighted that JS, Matthew, Ashok and Wendy have received honours this year.

"It's our priority as a College to keep pushing for equal recognition between mental and physical health and these doctors have demonstrated their dedication on a daily basis in their areas of work.

“Giving recognition to the valuable work our psychiatrists do is important if we’re to attract future generations to the profession.

"We’ve seen a healthy increase in the number of junior doctors choosing to train in psychiatry this year and ultimately it means that we will be able to help more people with their mental health needs.”

Paul Rees, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “I have the utmost respect for all those who have received honours for their work in mental health.

“We fight tirelessly for mental and physical health to be equally valued and respected. And while mental health has long been undervalued, these honours are a clear sign that recognition of the important work psychiatrists do is on the up.”

Recipients comments

Dr J S Bamrah, received a CBE: “I'm delighted and privileged to have been given such an honour by Her Majesty the Queen, especially as it comes on the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

"I'm very humbled, but the real credit for this goes to the causes that are precious to me, as well as my patients, colleagues and family members who have supported me and have been through the journey with me.”

Dr Wendy Woodhouse said “Working in child psychiatry has been a joy, it has also been fascinating and every changing on a daily basis. I chose to specialise in working with children and young people because you have a chance to really make an impact with their mental health during their formative years.

"I’m particularly proud of my work to help create a new model of care for CAMHS services provided by Oxford Health NHSFT and to see improvements on the ground in helping children receive better treatment and services.”

Dr Ashok Roy said: "I have been privileged to spend my working life trying to improve services for people with learning disabilities and their families and staff. I'm delighted to receive this unexpected honour.

"I hope it goes some way in raising the profile of a section of society that still struggles to receive the right support to live fulfilling lives."

List of recipients:


  • Dr J S Bamrah, is the Medical Director of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.  He is Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in Old Age Psychiatry. He also holds positions at the BMA.
  • Professor Matthew Hotopf is an academic psychiatrist and Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry at King’s College London. He is an outstanding academic psychiatrist and a highly effective ambassador for psychiatry in medicine, law and work.


  • Ashok Roy is a Consultant Psychiatrist for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and is our current Chair of the Intellectual Disabilities Faculty at The Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

  • Dr Wendy Woodhouse, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, former Clinical Director, Children and Young People’s directorate, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Woodhouse was instrumental in setting up new model of Children and Adolescent mental health services in Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire, Swindon Wilts and Banes as part of the Government’s Five Year Forward View into Mental Health.

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