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Date : 03/03/2021 | Time : 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm |

Online with Zoom (dial-in option available)

One year on from The World Health Organization declaring the outbreak of Covid-19 as a pandemic, two recent Harkness Fellows working on the front line as psychiatrists during this crisis will share what has been learned about the implications of the pandemic for mental health and wellbeing. What do we know now that we did not know then? What is the impact of the virus on the brain? How has the pandemic and its effects, such as lockdown, affected different groups:-  Covid sufferers; their relatives; those already experiencing mental health problems; the NHS workforce; other essential workforce groups and indeed the community at large?

What should we/could we be doing now to address this? What might a post pandemic world have in store for us and how will we adjust to this new world?

Dr Mary Docherty (HF 2018/19) is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist in an innovative service integrating mental health provision into care for individuals living with long term cardiac and respiratory conditions. She is co-leading the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death’s (NCEPOD) study into the physical health care of patients in inpatient units. Other current roles include Organisational Development Lead with Maudsley Learning and Co-investigator on NHS Check – a National Study tracking the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and well-being of NHS staff. She designed and lead the Wave 1 King’s College Hospital Staff Support Programme currently shortlisted for the HSJ Workforce Initiative of the Year Award. During her fellowship, Mary studied the implementation of integrated primary care, mental health and social care for individuals with complex needs at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University

Dr Parashar Ramanuj (HF 2015/16) is Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead of the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre and Chief Medical Information Officer at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). During the pandemic, the RNOH transformed into a COVID step-down and rehabilitation facility. He is also a Senior Fellow at the research institute, RAND Europe and Clinical Director for Mental Health Programmes at Imperial College Health Partners. He conducted two major projects during his Harkness Fellowship year based at Columbia University in New York and the New York State Psychiatric Institute focused on the integration of mental and physical health services for people with serious mental illness and the development of outcome metrics for mental health services.

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