The clinical lead for the mental health rehabilitation workstream was appointed in late 2018, with the endorsement of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This workstream is managed by Suzannah Davies. Email: [email protected]
Clinical Lead: Dr Sridevi Kalidindi CBE
Consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Kalidindi is a consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist and recent past Associate Medical Director at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This role has involved working closely with commissioners and others to develop appropriate, successful services. She currently leads a Rehabilitation and Recovery Community Team and, in the past, an inpatient rehabilitation unit as well. She is the immediate past Chair of the Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr Kalidindi is a Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and has authored and co-authored numerous key policy documents and research papers. She was awarded 2017 Psychiatrist of the year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and remains a spokesperson for the college, strongly advocating for good mental health services for the population.
She is currently a national advisor for the development of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) developing NICE guidelines for community psychiatry.
Dr Kalidindi said: “The Getting It Right First Time workstream in mental health rehabilitation provides an enormous, long overdue opportunity to upgrade rehabilitation services nationally. Improved patient experience and outcomes along with enhanced system functioning, is at the heart of this programme.”
COVID-19: guidance and resources
Below are useful links for mental health COVID-19 guidance. Given the fast pace of emerging knowledge and good practice, please ensure you check that you are using the most up-to-date guidance, by going back to the original websites.
Please see advice on clozapine – from the published consensus guidance, Siskind et al, April 2020: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340413645_Consensus_statement_on_the_use_of_clozapine_during_the_COVID-19_pandemic
Key Lines Of Enquiry from the above document:
- Am I safe?
- Am I in the right place for my care (education) and treatment?
- Are my plans for my future going well?
- Is everything supporting me to have the best life I can have now and in the future?
Public Mental Health: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19
Guidance on Care Homes and Supported Living (generic and not mentioning the management of those with Serious Mental Illness and special circumstances):