Top psychiatrists awarded in Queen's birthday honours

Press release
07 June 2019

Today, Her Majesty the Queen announced the 2019 Birthday Honours list and we are delighted that two members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists are included. Professor Tamsin Ford CBE for services to psychiatry and Dr Shubulade Smith CBE for services to forensic intensive care.

Two former mental health service users have also received awards: Mrs Kate King MBE and Mr Steve Gilbert OBE. Both were part of the core group of the Mental Health Act review, which Steve vice-chaired, supporting former College President Sir Simon Wessely who oversaw the review.

Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: ''I am delighted to see honours being awarded to Professor Tamsin Ford and Dr Lade Smith for their dedication to psychiatry and forensic intensive care.

“The work of these psychiatrists has made a huge difference to ensuring that people with mental illness are getting the right help and best possible treatment, so they can live fulfilling lives.

"This is recognition not just of their invaluable contribution to mental health services and research, but also of all the work that mental health professionals are doing across the UK.

“It is also pleasing that Mr Steve Gilbert and Mrs Kate King have been recognised. Their expertise has ensured that the patient voice has strongly influenced and improved mental health services.”

Paul Rees, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “I would like to congratulate all those who have received well-deserved honours for their excellent work in the provision of vital mental health services.”

“The Royal College of Psychiatrists is taking great strides in our efforts to ensure mental and physical health are equally valued and respected. 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.”

Details of RCPsych recipients

Professor Tamsin Ford CBE is the Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Exeter College of Medicine and Health where she set and leads the Child Mental Health Research Group. Their work focuses on ways to optimise interventions and service organisation to improve the mental health of children and young people. She is also an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Devon Partnership Trust and the Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance Service at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Shubulade Smith CBE is a consultant psychiatrist in Forensic Intensive care at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is the Lead for the Acute Forensic Pathway at the South London Community Mental Health Partnership. Dr Smith is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. She is also the Clinical Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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