Dr Okocha qualified in 1985 and completed his basic psychiatric training on the Guy’s rotation & a research registrar position at the Institute of Psychiatry & King’s College Hospital. He obtained his MRCPsych diploma in 1992 and pursued post doctorate research in the section of psychopharmacology, Institute of Psychiatry & Maudsley Hospital obtaining his Ph.D in 1996. In the same year he was appointed consultant psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at Greenwich District Hospital (Associated University Hospital), London. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2007 for contributions to the work of the College and Psychiatry in general.
Dr Okocha has contributed to clinical teaching of medical students from Kings medical school and to the training of psychiatrists and has been an examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Membership examinations (MRCPsych diploma).
He has extensive experience in various fields of mental health and has developed a range of services over the years as clinical director of services in Greenwich. He has demonstrated excellence in his leadership and management skills through his development of high quality innovative clinical services and implementation of evidence based clinical practice and research. These have resulted in commendations and national awards such as National Psychiatric Intensive Care award; Care Services Improvement Partnership ‘Positive Practice’ award, commendation by Hospital Doctors Award committee and award of the British Association for Medical Managers.
Dr Okocha is on the Roll of Honour of the Royal College of Psychiatrists ‘in recognition of an outstanding contribution to mental health’. He was awarded the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrist Award for Medical Leader of the year 2009/10. He is the medical director of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.