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NIHR CLAHRC Oxford theme lead honoured by the Royal College of Psychiatrists

This year's Royal College of Psychiatrists "Psychiatrist of the Year" award has been given to Professor Michael Sharpe of the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry, and NIHR CLAHRC Oxford theme lead.

Professor Sharpe is recognised for his work integrating psychiatry into medicine, which includes research into the treatment of depression in people with cancer and the development of the psychological medicine service at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The judges said "Michael Sharpe captured the essence of what an inspiring role model for other psychiatrists and medical students should be. His work goes to the heart of 'parity in practice' for those with mental and physical illness, and he has raised the positive image of psychiatry across the medical profession."

Professor Sharpe leads the NIHR CLAHRC Oxford's co-morbidity theme, which aims to improve the care of those with a mental illness that is associated with physical illness. Projects investigate managing depression for people towards the end of their life and helping nursing staff to provide basic compassionate psychological care for hospital patients.

The London award ceremony was hosted by columnist and presenter Libby Purves.