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CPFT psychiatrist elected as chair of national committee

Dr Anupam Bhardwaj, child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist at CPFT, has been appointed to lead a national committee to improve mental health care for young people.

As Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Special Advisory Committee (CAPSAC) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Anupam will have oversight for monitoring and improving child and adolescent psychiatry training and assessment, and advising on related issues.

Anupam (pictured above) said: “I feel honoured to take on the Chair role, as it is a great opportunity to influence and develop child psychiatry training nationally. I look forward to continuing the amazing work of the previous committee. Trainees are facing several challenges, and I am keen to work with various stakeholders to make training in child psychiatry a more rewarding and fulfilling experience.”

Anupam works with CPFT’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and is engaged in research to develop treatments and improve service pathways for affective disorders in children and young people. He is currently involved in a few studies looking at treatment of depression including the i-VALiD study and the BAY trial - the UK’s largest ever study of mental health treatment for young people.

CPFT’s Medical Director Dr Cathy Walsh said: “I am delighted to see Anupam’s specialist expertise and contribution to child and adolescent psychiatry recognised and honoured by this national role.

"We are grateful for all his hard work over the years to advance children’s mental health research and clinical practice at CPFT, providing supervision and guidance to our trainee psychiatrists.”

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