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Dr Shubulade Smith awarded a CBE


Congratulations to Dr Shubulade Smith who has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019. 

Dr Smith, who is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences at the IoPPN and a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded a CBE for services to forensic psychiatric intensive care.

Dr Smith said: ‘Forensic psychiatry and in particular forensic intensive care is a really challenging area to work in and I was amazed and delighted to have been recognised in this way. It is an honour that rewards the compassion and dedication of all those who work in intensive care psychiatry, from the doctors, nurses, OTs and other multidisciplinary colleagues to the administrative staff and researchers. It also highlights the people we work with who often have the most impoverished, traumatic lives and are frequently marginalised from all parts of society. I feel very grateful to have received this honour for services to forensic psychiatric intensive care.’

The Queen’s Birthday and New Year honours lists, published on June 8, recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life. An honours committee makes recommendations to the prime minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.

Dr Shubulade Smith is a consultant psychiatrist with 26 years’ experience in psychiatry – including 19 years at consultant level. Dr Smith was voted a BMA pioneering consultant and nominated as a Woman of the Year in 2002 for the development of her ‘One Stop Shop’, a medication review and physical monitoring clinic for people with mental health problems. She is known nationally and internationally for her work in the hormonal and reproductive effects of antipsychotic medications.

Dr Smith is a clinician with a strong academic focus, using the latest evidence to provide her patients with optimal care. She continues to do research at the IoPPN, looking at the effect of Vitamin D in reducing psychosis (D-FEND); sexual health in people with mental health problems (SHRINE) and culturally-adapted family interventions (CAFI). 

Dr Smith is a clinical supervisor and trains junior psychiatrists. She is a Module Co-Lead for the MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Science and also teaches regularly on the Maudsley MRCPsych training course (training psychiatric trainees); the IoPPN Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course (teaching trainee clinical psychologists) and teaches medical students from Guys, Kings and St Thomas’ (GKT) Medical School. 

Dr Smith also works at the Royal College of Psychiatrists where she is the Clinical Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. 

Dr Smith was responsible for some of the key sections in the influential ‘The Abandoned Illness’ report of the Schizophrenia Commission, including the sections on violence, black mental health, physical health and treatment. More recently she was a key contributor to the Independent Mental Health Act Review, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. She led the Criminal Justice System topic group, and sat on the core working group, evidence review group and the African and Caribbean working group.


For further media information please contact: Robin Bisson, Senior Press Officer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, / +44 20 7848 5377.