A psychiatrist with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been appointed chair of a leading national committee on child mental health at the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Dr Bernadka Dubicka, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Lancashire Care, has been appointed for four years chair of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and is to take up the post on 27 June.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is a leading organisation in the UK for anyone wanting to learn about mental health, including the government and media organisations, and is often called on to provide a view on mental health issues.
Dr Dubicka is currently vice-chair of the faculty and is an Honorary Reader in child mental health at the University of Manchester. She has been with the Trust since 2007 working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). She said:“I am delighted to have been appointed chair of this important committee. The faculty exists to promote, through the work of its members the mental wellbeing of young people and their families. This includes promoting training, exchanging experience and research, influencing public policies, promoting mental health awareness through working with the media and organising regular national conferences and local meetings.”
Dr Dubicka qualified in medicine at University College London, also achieving a degree in psychology; she then completed her training in child psychiatry in Manchester. She developed her clinical and research interest in mood disorders, working alongside the late Professor Richard Harrington and achieving international recognition. Her research portfolio features collaborations with academics from across the country and the United States.
Dr Dubicka also acts an advisor on child and adolescent mental health research funding to the National Institute of Health Research and is a clinical advisor for the North West Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) where she is a project lead for developing guidance for self-harm admission pathways. Her expertise has also given her a place on the editorial board of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal and she is regularly invited to speak at national and international meetings, which has included the European Parliament.
In 2010, Dr Dubicka received a rare gold medal award from the University of Manchester in recognition of the completion of her thesis on depression and behaviour disorder. Lancashire Care's CAMHS specialises in providing help and treatment for children and young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.