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Sunday 24 March 2019
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Associate clinical director shortlisted for national ‘psychiatrist of the year’ award

Dr Simon Thacker - Associate Clinical Director
Dr Simon Thacker - Associate Clinical Director, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Derbyshire Healthcare is delighted to announce that Dr Simon Thacker, a consultant psychiatrist serving the communities of Derby and Derbyshire, will be in the running for a prestigious national ‘psychiatrist of the year’ award next month in recognition of his efforts to reach out and support more people experiencing mental ill health. 

Dr Thacker, an associate clinical director at Derbyshire Healthcare, has been shortlisted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists at their RCPsych Awards 2016 for his role in helping to set up a 24-hour mental health liaison team based within the Royal Derby Hospital and for his efforts to raise awareness of delirium, a state of mental confusion that particularly affects older people when they suffer an injury or become unwell.

Dr Thacker, who specialises in older adult psychiatry, was one of the founder members of the 24-hour mental health liaison team at the Royal Derby, where he demonstrated his willingness to work outside of his ‘comfort zone’ and support adults of all ages experiencing mental health problems, whilst also empowering and assisting hospital staff more used to dealing with physical health conditions. 

At the same time Dr Thacker has continued to work with colleagues at Derbyshire Healthcare’s Centre for Research & Development to conduct studies, give talks and organise conferences on dementia and delirium. He has recently produced a video on delirium in partnership with the East Midlands Academic and Health Science Network, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of diagnosing delirium at an early stage. 

Dr John Sykes, Medical Director, said: “I’m delighted that Dr Thacker has been recognised at a national level by being shortlisted for this award. 

“He has shown both compassion and commitment in the way he cares for people with mental ill health, always going beyond what is expected of him to help patients and colleagues. 

“People regularly tell me how well Simon interacts with them on a human level, making complex subjects clear and making the theory of mental health feel very real. He is an asset to our Trust, the NHS and Derbyshire as a whole. 

“He is also making a valuable contribution to research into neurodegenerative disorders and the wider aspects of improving the quality of mental health care through his management responsibilities.”

The winner of the award will be announced at the RCPsych Awards ceremony on 8 November 2016.