Trust staff shortlisted for RCPsych Awards 2017

The outstanding achievements of two of our doctors was recognised in the Royal College of Psychiatrists annual awards shortlist.

The awards, now in their ninth year, recognise and celebrate excellence in psychiatry and mental health services.

A photograph of Dr Ahmed Hankir

Dr Ahmed Hankir

Two of our top docs were shortlisted at attended the RCPsych Awards ceremony in London in November 2017.

Dr Ahmed Hankir, Specialty Trainee, was nominated for Psychiatric Communicator of the Year.

Dr Hankir said: “It’s an honour to be shortlisted and I am proud to represent my Trust along with Dr Nightingale. I feel I’ve worked extremely hard over the last year to raise awareness of the importance of mental health so to receive recognition from the College means a lot to me. I am very grateful for all the support that I have received from my wife, family, friends and colleagues, particularly from my mentor Dr Rashid Zaman at Cambridge University.”

“I was nominated for my work on the Wounded Healer programme. The Wounded Healer is an anti-stigma programme that has been described as an innovative method of teaching that blends performing arts with psychiatry. The programme has been integrated into the medical school curricula of four universities in the UK and I have been fortunate enough to deliver it to more than 50,000 people across the world.”

A photograph of Dr Sharon Nightingale

Dr Sharon Nightingale

Dr Sharon Nightingale, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry and Director of Medical Education, was nominated for Psychiatric Trainer of the Year.

Dr Nightingale was nominated for her work in developing, leading and incorporating communication skills teaching for junior psychiatrists nationally alongside physical health skills in mental health for doctors and nurses.

She said: “I have been overwhelmed by all the good wishes and congratulations from my colleagues. Though I take great pride in this achievement, it is thanks to support from the Trust and the great teamwork from my medical and admin colleagues that I’ve made the shortlist.”