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Professor Ulrike Schmidt chosen as one of the NHS70 Women Leaders

Ulrike Schmidt, Professor of Eating Disorders at the IoPPN, has been announced as one of the NHS70 Women Leaders. This recognition award for women leaders in healthcare is in celebration of the NHS turning 70 years old, and 100 years of women’s suffrage. This award was presented by the Women’s Leadership Academy, part of the NHS London Leadership Academy.

The award celebrates 70 outstanding women leaders in the NHS in London, as nominated by their peers and colleagues. These 70 leaders are women who are making a difference where they work, be it in the care of patients, the leadership of others, or in their own quiet way which makes an impact on colleagues.

Of her award, Professor Schmidt said, "I am thrilled and humbled to have been chosen as one of the NHS70 Women Leaders, thanks to my brilliant colleagues from the Maudsley Eating Disorders Unit. As a European citizen who has grown up with and worked in a different health care system, I feel very passionate about our unique and precious NHS, its values and its future."

Professor Ian Everall, Executive Dean of the IoPPN, added, ‘Professor Ulrike Schmidt certainly deserves to be listed as one of the NHS70 Women Leaders as her contributions over many years in mental health, and in particular eating disorders, have been enormous. It is a richly deserved accolade and I am very proud of her fantastic work in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.’

Professor Schmidt has been with the IoPPN since 2001, and is Head of Section of Eating Disorders, as well as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.