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A co-production model of community mental health care in resource scarce settings - lessons from India.

A co-production model of community mental health care in resource scarce settings - lessons from India.
Speaker: Dr Manoj Kumar # Kerala Mental Health Action Trust
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1st Nov 2017 16:00 - 1st Nov 2017 17:00
DLT, Kennedy Tower, Royal Edinburgh Hospital

The talk is based on 9 years of providing a free community based service for people with severe mental illnesses in India. It would address questions such as: is it possible for a co-production model to be delivered which does not compromise on quality? What does recovery mean in low income countries?

All welcome, no registration required.

Dr Manoj Kumar is the Founding Trustee & Clinical Director of The Mental Health Action Trust, a not-for-profit Charitable Trust based in Calicut, Kerala, India (  MHAT aims to demonstrate that comprehensive psychosocial care can be provided in resource-scarce settings by linking up with local partners in training volunteers and others in mental health care. 

Dr Kumar graduated from Calicut Medical College, India and started training in Psychiatry over 32 years ago at the Christian Medical College, Vellore from where he gained the Diploma in Psychological Medicine (DPM) in 1988. He went on to train at the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi and completed his MD in Psychiatry in 1990. He then worked on the faculty of Christian Medical College, Vellore till 1994. Dr Manoj Kumar moved to the UK in 1994 and gained the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 1996 and completed his higher training in 1999. He joined the department of Liaison Psychiatry in the St James University Hospital, Leeds, UK as a Consultant in 2000 and worked there till returning to India in 2008. He was also attached to the University of Leeds as an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer. He also served as the Director for Postgraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry for Yorkshire. 

Dr Manoj Kumar was awarded the “Volunteer Psychiatrist of the Year 2014” award by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych) in 2015. This year, he has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka Foundation, based in the United States, is the one of the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide with partners in 70 countries. This international network has been driving and supporting the social sector by offering a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. He joins the world's largest and most influential network of social entrepreneurs in “recognition of his decade of visionary work in establishing the MHAT model and expanding its impact.

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