Athula Sumathipala awarded Royal College of Psychiatrists Fellowship

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Posted on 08 February 2018

Athula Sumathipala, Professor of Psychiatry, at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his dedication to psychiatry and research. 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is a professional body responsible for setting and raising standards within the field of psychiatry, improving the outcomes of patients with mental illness, their families and communities. 

The College awards Fellowships as a mark of distinction and recognition to an individual’s contribution to psychiatry by leading, representing and supporting psychiatrists, and promoting excellence within service development, innovation, teaching and research.

Medical Director, Dr Khan, nominated Professor Sumathipala on behalf of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for his dedication to developing an overarching research culture, and strengthening the collaboration between the Trust and Keele University.

Professor Sumathipala has played a leading role in the mental health programme within the Research Institute, particularly leading global mental health through research publications and developing future leaders of research on both a local and international scale.

Dedicated to global health initiatives, Professor Sumathipala established The Institute for Research and Development in Sri Lanka, which is now an influential research institute of international recognition. 

Professor Sumathipala commented 'it's a great accolade to be awarded this fellowship, having spent a number of years dedicated to supporting their work".