A senior specialist trainee in psychiatry at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted as one of four finalists for a national award in the Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards 2015. Yasir Hameed, who is in specialist training in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry at the Trust, has been nominated for the Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year award, which recognises a high level of achievement over and above that expected for their grade. A former acute hospital doctor in Iraq, Yasir decided he wanted to concentrate on psychiatry after seeing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder first-hand during the Iraq conflict in 2003. After the war, Yasir worked as GP in Yemen before moving to the UK in 2009. “I decided to retrain as a psychiatrist as my experiences in Iraq seeing the effects of mental trauma on people in a warzone, inspired me to help people deal with stress and mental ill health,” explained Yasir, who is currently a Specialist Registrar in Glaven ward, Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich.Yasir praised the high quality of the psychiatry training in the Trust: “I am privileged to have received excellent supervision from the consultants and other professionals I worked with since I started my psychiatry training in the Trust in August 2010. I am most grateful for the support I received from my educational supervisor, Dr Jaap Hamelijnck, my clinical supervisors, Dr Andrew Tarbuck and Dr Ajay Wagle, and the excellent support from the Core Programme Director Dr Stephen Jones.”
Yasir was nominated for the award by Trust Consultant in Emergency Psychiatry, Julian Beezhold, who is also Secretary-General of the European Psychiatric Association. “Yasir’s work has been contributing immensely towards change for the better for patients, carers, staff and students,” said Dr Beezhold. “He is always humble and self-effacing, an absolute pleasure to work with and very highly rated by patients, carers, junior and senior clinical and non-clinical staff.” Yasir’s achievements that resulted in his nomination and shortlisting included helping to provide better working conditions for his peers, improving medical students’ placement in Old Age Psychiatry, creating opportunities for Trust to use the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) to improve services, initiating and organising educational meetings and directly improving the quality of care experience for patients and carers.The winners of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony in London, on 10 November.