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Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards Success

Posted on the 29th November 2016

A Consultant Psychiatrist in Lancashire has been awarded the RCPsych Academic Researcher of the Year Award 2016, in recognition of his excellent work in improving access for marginalised communities to mental health care.

Professor Nusrat Husain from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has recently been awarded Academic Researcher of the year 2016 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. His contribution and reasons for winning were outlined to an audience of around 200 that included Alistair Campbell, the Rev Richard Coles and Libby Purves.

The RCPsych Academic Researcher of the year is someone who recognises the critically important role that clinical academics play in conducting scientific research that improves the understanding of, and treatment and care of people with, mental illness.

Professor Nusrat Husain, a Consultant Psychiatrist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“It is a great honour to receive this award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. There is evidence that individuals from ethnic minorities are more likely to experience certain mental health difficulties and less likely to receive appropriate mental health care. The mental health strategy implementation frame work recognises the importance of tackling social determinants of mental health and includes statutory duties of NHS England Clinical Commissioning Groups to reduce inequalities in mental health. 

“I am extremely grateful to Professor Max Marshall and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust for all their support over the years.  Both Max and the Trust have helped me to continue the work on addressing health inequalities and improving access to appropriate mental healthcare for the diverse ethnic minority and other marginalised communities.”

Comments from the Royal College of Psychiatrists review panel included:

We are impressed by Nusrat’s excellent, internationally-recognised work to address inequalities in access to mental healthcare, and specifically improving access for diverse ethnic minority and other marginalised communities.

“In addition to focusing on ethnic minority mental health in the UK, Nusrat is also working to address health needs in low and middle income countries such as Pakistan. His innovative work has become increasingly important for the optimum development of UK services.  Professor Husain has led development of Culturally Competent services making sure that psychiatry trainees, medical students and other multidisciplinary staff receive training so that they are confident of working in a diverse setting.”

The award ceremonies took place at Central College on Prescot Street. The list of RCPsych 2016 Award winners can be found here http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/discoverpsychiatry/rcpsychawards2016shortlist/rcpsychawards2016-winners.aspx