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Dr Rashmi Patel studied Medical Sciences at the University of Cambridge before completing his medical degree at the University of Oxford. He trained as an academic foundation doctor in London at the North Middlesex and Whittington Hospitals, an academic clinical fellow at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford, and an academic clinical lecturer in General Adult Psychiatry at the IoPPN and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

During his Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Research Training Fellowship and Health Data Research (HDR) UK Fellowship, he developed natural language processing (NLP) techniques to investigate clinical outcomes in people with serious mental disorders using de-identified free text data from electronic health records (EHRs) using the SLaM Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Case Register and Clinical Record Interactive Search tool (CRIS). He has since been awarded an NIHR Advanced Fellowship to generate evidence from EHR data to support frontline clinicians in the delivery of remote mental healthcare.

As part of his clinical and research career he has collaborated with doctors, clinical informaticians and healthcare data scientists around the world including London, Oxford, Taipei and Boston (as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School).

In addition to research, he is an honorary consultant general adult psychiatrist in the Psychological Medicine and Older Adults directorate of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and undertakes clinical practice in Perinatal Psychiatry.

Research Interests

  • Health Data Research
  • Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Epidemiology
  • Real World Data (RWD)

Research Groups

  • Department of Psychological Medicine
  • Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS)
  • Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI UK)

Expertise and Public Engagement


  • Big Data in Mental Health (MSc in Urban Informatics) 
  • Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (MSc in Psychiatric Research)