Delight at Healthcare Trust as Top Consultant Receives MBE

A much respected Consultant in Adult Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Dr Rohit Shankar has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Delight at Healthcare Trust as Top Consultant Receives MBE

The award is in recognition of his dedication in providing services for people with learning disabilities and epilepsy in Cornwall.

Dr Shankar’s work includes the SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist research project, which has helped to significantly improve risk awareness and overall safety for people with epilepsy, including those living with epilepsy and a learning disability in Cornwall.

A delighted Dr Shankar said, “Receiving an MBE is an honour beyond my wildest dreams, but it could not have been possible without the support of a number of individuals and organisations. While my friends, family and particularly my wife Saumya deserve to be acknowledged for their supporting role, the list of contributors is extensive.”

“It is significantly representative of the hard work achieved by my colleagues at the Cornwall Foundation Trust (Learning Disability Service), who go far beyond the call of duty to give people with learning disabilities in Cornwall high quality care.”

“However my MBE would not have been forthcoming if some key people had not put their faith in me over the last 15 years. In particular Dr Richard Laugharne, Dr Ellen Wilkinson, Sarah Fisher, Dr Rebecca Goodey, Sharon Axby, Dr Brendan McLean, Dr Craig Newman, Professor Stephen Brown, Professor Matthew Walker, Professor Ley Sander and Jane Hanna among many others.

Cornwall Foundation Trust senior management and my psychiatry colleagues both past and present, other organisations including the Royal College of Psychiatrists and in particular the Intellectual Disability Faculty and the South West RCPsych Division, SUDEP Action the epilepsy charity, BBC radio Cornwall, Local Samaritans, Cornwall Public Health and St Austell Brewery have all played a role.

Dr Shankar added, “A big thank you is also due to the people of Cornwall who made me feel so welcome and one of them, inspiring me to hopefully make a small difference.

Central to the award is our patients and their families. They have been my teachers and I have learnt a lot from them. An evolved society is defined by how it treats its most vulnerable and I am fortunate to have been given an opportunity to work with people with learning disabilities to make their lives and experiences better.”

“I also maintain that getting services right for people with learning disabilities helps get services right for all of us. This is definitely the case in all the work we have done locally such as the Safety Checklist for epilepsy safety which is now an award winning mobile app with a global reach for all people with epilepsy.

“This award helps give recognition to this.”