A Specialist Registrar at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has become the only psychiatrist in the UK to win a prestigious scholarship from the European Psychiatric Association (EPA).
Dr Yasir Hameed, who is based at the Julian Hospital in Norwich, has become one of just five specialists to receive the Early Career Psychiatrist Scholarship after demonstrating exceptional clinical practice, leadership, research innovation and management skills.
The EPA will now fund his attendance at the International Congress of Psychiatry, which will be held in Florence, Italy, this April, and focuses on subjects such as parental mental health, adolescent psychiatry and personality disorder. Dr Hameed hopes to use the visit to share learning while also bringing back best practice from across Europe which could benefit service users locally.
He was especially delighted to receive the award as the EPA receive hundreds of applications from psychiatrists across Europe every year, making it extremely competitive.
Dr Hameed said: “Winning this scholarship has been the product of many years of hard work and many more applications along the way.
“Being part of the congress will allow me to tap into European expertise and share ideas with my overseas colleagues. This will provide me with the opportunity to bring methods of best practice back to the Trust, which will ultimately benefit our service users and patients.
“Psychiatry is an international speciality, with the UK learning a lot from much of Europe and the rest of the world. The congress will be a chance for some of the world’s leading psychiatrists to share ideas and methods of best practice.”
Dr Hameed first began his psychiatry training with NSFT in 2010 and has received many accolades for his work. He was a finalist in the 2015 Clinical Excellence Awards run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the Higher Trainee of the Year category, and was also nominated in the Unsung Hero category in NSFT’s Putting People First Awards in the same year.