Worthing based Consultant Psychiatrist nominated for national award

A consultant physiatrist who works with children and young people in Worthing has been nominated for a top honour in the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2019 Awards.

Dr Ramya Mohan is based in the Worthing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and has been shortlisted for the Psychiatric Communicator of the Year award at the 2019 Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards (RCPsych Award), an annual award ceremony which recognises the highest level of achievements in the psychiatry sector. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London on Friday 8 November.

As an accomplished composer, musician, performer, artist, speaker and writer, Ramya uses her academic, clinical and creative skills to create projects, events and techniques to support people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Ramya said: “I am pleased and overwhelmed to have been nominated for an RCPsych Award. The Royal College calls this the highest award for achievements in psychiatry so as a psychiatrist it doesn’t get much bigger than this! 

“To have been nominated in the category ‘Psychiatric Communicator of the Year’ means so much because in my work I am always trying to find new ways to communicate and help support people with their mental health. An example of this is the therapeutic technique I developed called CAPE™, which stands for Creative Arts for Processing Emotions™. CAPE combines neuroscience, music and the creative arts, which has proven very useful in helping support the resilience and emotional health of many women, children and families.

“To be shortlisted for an award is an honour. It inspires me to work harder towards a vision to bring mental health to people across cultures and continents, especially children and young people, who are our future.”

Dr Rick Fraser, Chief Medical Officer for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is excellent to see one of our own being nominated for such a prestigious award. This nomination is inrecognition of the outstanding innovation work and specialist contribution that Ramya is bringing to the psychiatry field and we are so lucky to have her as part of our team.”

Ramya was recently an invited speaker at the United Nations Global Summit in Finland, where she shared her ideas, work and vision for supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals implementation globally. She is presenting more of her research on CAPE™ this month at the World Psychiatric Association International Congress in Lisbon. To find out more about Ramya, her work and upcoming events go to www.ramyamohan.com.