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Consortium of NHS providers and universities come together for RADiANT Inauguration event

18 Jun 19 - 18 Jun 20

An event to mark the Inauguration of a new consortium focusing on the mental health and behavioural issues associated with five developmental conditions, was hosted by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) on 13 June.

The event was attended by representatives of NHS providers; academics from a number of universities; charities and a range of statutory bodies. Their aim is to work collaboratively, together with service users, family members and community leaders.

l-r: Dr Kamalika Mukherji, Clinical Director HPFT; Dr Inder Sawnhey, Clinical Director, HPFT; Dr Jean O’Hara, Clinical Director- Learning Disability, NHS England;Dr Regi Alexander, Convenor, RADiANT & Associate Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists; Professor Angela Hassiotis, UCL; Viv Cooper OBE, Chief Executive, Challenging Behaviour Foundation; Tom Cahill, Chief Executive, HPFT; Dr Kirsten Lamb, GP; Professor Asif Zia, Medical Director, HPFT

The consortium which is called RADiANT (ReseArch in DevelopmentAl NeuropsychiaTry) aims to identify research priorities for people with Intellectual Disability(ID), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Epilepsy (EPI) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). It will also be working on projects helping to educate the Public and to aid professional development.  

Consultant Psychiatrist at HPFT and Convenor of RADiANT Dr Regi Alexander said: “I’m delighted so many people from all around the country came along to today’s Inauguration. We’re all passionate about pooling our skills, knowledge and experience to improve the lives of people with these conditions and I’m looking forward to working together, to drive these important initiatives forward.”

Dr Jean O’Hara, Clinical Director, Learning Disability, NHS England praised RADiANT’s approach of having service users and families define research priorities while academics and clinicians co-produce the research project.

Viv Cooper OBE, Chief Executive, Challenging Behaviour Foundation spoke about how families need to be valued as equal partners and how RADiANT was doing exactly that.

HPFT’s Chief Executive Tom Cahill and Professor Asif Zia, Executive Director for Quality and Medical Leadership emphasized that as one of the largest providers of learning disability services in the region, HPFT is committed to accomplishing better clinical outcomes for people with learning disabilities through research, evidence-based practice and co-produced services.






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