Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Rajini Ramana is a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Clinical School, Department of Psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Regional Advisor for the Eastern Division of the College. She has worked in a variety of settings in acute care and community services and has considerable leadership experience in service development and training and education. Her clinical and research interest is in chronic and treatment refractory depression and in severe mental illness that co-exists with other long term physical illnesses. . She is currently the Principal Investigator in Cambridge, for a multicentre randomised controlled trial that hopes to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a specialist service for treatment refractory depression.
As a NICE Fellow and a member of the NICE implementation group of her Trust, Rajini hopes she will play a key role in promoting the principles of evidence -based care in her organisation. She is particularly keen to engage with local commissioners and health and social care providers and contribute to the incorporation of NICE quality standards in the commissioning of collaborative care packages for people with long -term mental disorders and co-morbid physical illness. As part of her current research, she is carrying out an audit on compliance with NICE guidelines for the treatment of depression, as well as qualitative research that aims to identify barriers and drivers to the provision of evidence-based care . She is setting up a specialist service for Affective Disorders in her Trust along with key clinical and academic colleagues. This aim of this service will be to enhance basic and clinical research into affective and anxiety disorders, to provide a specialist service for patients with complex and severe affective and anxiety disorders in the region and to deliver training and education. She is also working on a project to incorporate NICE guidelines into the new clinical information system for patient records. The aim of this is to ensure that frontline clinicians are prompted to consider NICE guidelines when designing treatment and care plans and to streamline data collection and evaluation to simplify procedures for auditing NICE compliance. As a Regional Advisor, she works with a network of regional representatives from many mental health trusts and will be able to be enhance communication and information sharing between NICE and the membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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