Geraldine is Psychiatrist of the Year

One of our most eminent clinicians has been named Psychiatrist of the Year 2012 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE won her award in the Psychiatric Trainer of the Year category. She was presented with her award by Paddy Cooney, Interim Director of the NHS Confederation's Mental Health network, at a prestigious ceremony held at the Royal Society of Medicine on 15 November, hosted by journalist and author Allison Pearson.

Geraldine has officially retired from the trust (she used to be Clinical Director in Bromley) but has continued working closely with Medical Director, Dr Ify Okocha and Chair, Dave Mellish, on a range of pan London programmes, informing and influencing policy leaders across the capital, including: the Mayor's office; the London Deanery; Royal Colleges, British Transport Police; directors of adult social care; the Alzheimer's Society and Mind. 

Competition for the RCPsych Awards is always extremely tough, and the judging panels were impressed by the quality of this year's entries. The judges said: "Geraldine has demonstrated excellence as a psychiatrist in multiple domains. Her contributions to strategy and policy development, translating policy into practice, interfacing with primary care, training of future medical leaders, regulatory oversight of mental health care provision and generally raising the profile of mental health have far-reaching implications for psychiatry and mental health care delivery."

Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "This category of the RCPsych Awards brings national recognition to an outstanding psychiatrist. We've all been very impressed by Dr Strathdee's dedication and commitment, and I warmly congratulate her on winning this award."

Dr Strathdee said: "I am delighted and very honoured to have received the Psychiatrist of the Year award. The basis for this award was the excellent work carried out by Oxleas as well as my national policy and London Medical Director roles." Dr Strathdee is also Associate Medical Director, Mental Health, NHS London.

In the past year, Geraldine with active support and participation from Oxleas has organised many pan London leadership courses and events on improving the physical health of mentally ill people and mental health commissioning.

Geraldine went on: "Oxleas is well recognised across the country as a leader in quality improvements, especially in relation to improving physical health of less well off patients with severe and enduring mental ill health. It provides better healthy lifestyle advice, supporting patients to get to the gym, engage in football and exercise programmes, better recognition and treatment of diabetes, smoking cessation support, better monitoring of the use of medication and reduction of side effects and more."

Published on 16th November 2012