Professor Kamaldeep Bhui CBE (Co-Founder)

Professor Bhui has led research and learning programmes on ethnic inequalities in mental illnesses, suicide, self-harm, chronic fatigue, violence and traumatic experiences, homelessness, refugee experiences, drug use and Mental Health Act detentions in hospitals and in the criminal justice system, including prisons. He has been an advisor to the Department of Health and Public Health England, and formerly chaired the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ committees on public health and transcultural psychiatry.

Bhui is Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology, Queen Mary University of London, and Consultant Psychiatrist, East London Foundation NHS Trust. He is Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has supported three projects for the National Clinical Director on Mental Health (Consultation and Advice for NHS England, Public Health England, and providing a national public health online resource called Mental Health 4 Life).

International Collaboration on Cultural Relevance in Global Health: A Call to ActioN (I_CAN)

Founder: Shanaya Rathod
Co Founder: Rachel Tribe

The past several decades have seen a rapid social and cultural change in the ever- evolving socio-political and media world, as well as migration within and between nations. Societies are becoming multi-ethnic and poly-cultural in nature worldwide. It is now acknowledged that culture influences expression of psychological distress as well as help-seeking behaviours of people who need health services.

The concept of culture, and its influence upon individuals, is itself dynamic, and as individuals and societies change, so do the relevant aspects of their culture. Therefore, it would be fair to say that each individual has a unique culture that is part of a broader culture and is constantly changing as a result of various influences depending on tensions between the individual and their culture at relational interfaces.

The last two decades have seen a trend towards cultural adaptation of interventions for different cultural people in the HMIC and the LMIC (The World Bank has used income categories to classify countries into high, middle, and low, with the middle income category further subdivided into lower middle or upper middle income. We use the terms high and middle income (to include the upper middle income) countries (HMIC) and low and middle income (to include lower middle income countries) countries (LMIC).

Most nations and cultures are on a journey of understanding health (including mental health) and the development of services and treatments for illnesses with a cultural aspect in mind. A key aspect of delivering personalised care is the development and delivery of culturally adapted interventions that benefit cultural minority groups in developed countries and the majority and minority groups in developing countries.

Research also confirms that culturally adapted interventions are effective. However, the current criteria for judging good research designs may or may not be feasible for research on different cultural groups, and additionally, there are no paradigms for developing measures or interpreting existing measures to incorporate ethnicity and racialized experiences. Therefore, the generalisation of findings of the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions to many cultural groups may not be valid or even appropriate.This requires a development of fresh and novel research invervetnions to assess and implement culturally adapted health and social interventions.

The journey of acknowledging the need for culturally relevant services has begun but we are a long way from delivering the personalised care that people deserve. Systems of care across the globe need to adapt and adjust delivery of care in order to accommodate the impact of globalisation and therefore be able to deliver person- centred care.

We aim to establish a platform for world experts to collaborate and create networks to create good quality research programmes to achieve evidence based and culturally adapted interventions that are culturally relevant and provide personalised care which can be owned by embedded care givers and receivers.

This will influence practice, policy and training.

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The Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO KStJ

Sir Anand Satyanand became a Patron of careif in 2006. He is a New Zealander whose family origins lie in India and Fiji. He is currently Chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation, the people’s organisation counterpart to the Commonwealth Secretariat. The Foundation’s remit is to advance the wishes and needs of civil society. It does in support of cultural items such as the Commonwealth Lecture and Commonwealth Short Story competition as well as underpinning People’s Forums in advance of Commonwealth Ministers’ meetings such as CHOGM. In professional roles before the present, Sir Anand practised law, worked as a judge, and then undertook two terms as a parliamentary ombudsman. He served as New Zealand’s Governor-General from 2006 until 2011. In between he has maintained a long term adjectival interest in mental health having chaired a Confidential Forum for Former In-Patients of Psychiatric Hospitals in New Zealand and in presently chairing a trust which delivers mental health services.

The Right Honourable Lord Adebowale CBE

Lord Victor Olufemi Adebowale (Baron Adebowale) CBE, became a Patron of Careif in 2006. He is Chief Executive of Turning Point, the health and social care not for profit business providing services to individuals with a learning disability, mental health and substance misuse difficulties. He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln. In 2000, Victor was awarded the CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed and homeless young people. In 2001 he was appointed a cross-bench member of the House of Lords.

Dr Tony Gardner

Dr Tony Gardner became a Patron of Careif in 2006. Tony is an English actor and doctor. He trained with Professor Kamaldeep Bhui (Careif’s Co-Founder) qualified as a doctor at Guy’s Hospital in 1987, then as a General Practitioner in 1993. He combined medicine and comedy during the 1990s as half of the award-winning comedy duo Struck or Die, with Dr Phil Hammond. He eventually left medicine to become an actor and is best known for his role in My Parents are Aliens, (episodes of which he also wrote) and Michael, the café owner in Jack Dee’s BBC sitcom Lead Balloon. In 2009-10 he starred in three plays directed by Sir Peter Hall. In 2011 he played Professor Tony Shales in Channel 4 series Fresh Meat, also played Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Smith in Bluestone 42, after appearing as Dan Miller MP in the BBC political comedy The Thick of It.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE

Professor Bhugra became a Trustee of Careif in 2006. He is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic.

His research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 350 scientific papers, chapters and 30 books. His recent volumes include Principles of Social Psychiatry, Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Highly Commended in the 2011 BMA Awards), Migration and Mental Health, Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (Commended in the BMA Book Awards in 2008 and recipient of the 2012 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture), Culture and Mental Health and Management for Psychiatrists.

He published Mad Tales from Bollywood: Portrayal of Madness in Conventional Hindi Cinema in 2006. Professor Bhugra is the Editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has also developed teaching modules and short courses for medical students and psychiatric trainees on Cultural Psychiatry and on Cinema and Psychiatry. Professor Bhugra, from 2008 to 2011 he was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In July 2011 he became Chair of the Mental Health Foundation. In 2011 Professor Bhugra was elected President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association and becomes President in September 2014. He is the first British person (Psychiatrist) to be President of the World Psychiatric Association. In early 2012 he was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen.

Professor Rachel Tribe – Careif Trustee

Professor Tribe is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2014 she received the British Psychological Society Award for Challenging Social Inequalities in Psychology. Her applied work includes numerous national and international consultancy projects and training for a range of organizations including the Department of Health, Department for Education, the Home Office, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Tribe, said of her trustee role: “I have been lucky enough to work with the trustees and volunteers at Careif for several years and I am delighted and honoured to be joining the trustees of such an important charity. Careif is undertaking ground breaking work within mental health.”