Professor Shanaya Rathod

Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS, MRCPsych, Doctorate in Medicine, MSc in Leadership

Year qualified:1992

Personal profile

Shanaya Rathod, MBBS, MSc (Leadership), MRCPsych, MD is an experienced consultant psychiatrist with dual accreditation on the GMC Specialist Register in both adult and old age psychiatry. Prof. Rathod currently works as a consultant in the acute mental health team in Southampton, Hampshire, with Southern Health Foundation NHS Trust. 

She is also Director of Research in the organisation. She has influenced national strategy through her leadership and research over the years and has held a number of leadership roles in the NHS over the years in medical and clinical management. She has been a Fellow of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (2010 – 2013) and is currently the Mental Health Clinical Lead for the Wessex Clinical Research Network and Wessex Academic Health Sciences Network. Through these roles she provides systems leadership across organisations on the strategic development of mental health services.

She specialised as a Psychiatrist in Wessex, gaining full membership of the Royal College Of Psychiatrists and accreditation with the GMC as a consultant specialist in adult and old age psychiatry. She then completed a Doctorate in Medicine from University of Southampton and a Masters in Leadership from University of Birmingham and NHS Leadership Academy.

Mental health services have changed over the years with development of new teams and this has allowed Shanaya the opportunity to acquire specialist skills across the illness pathway through assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common and severe enduring mental health disorders. She have an expertise in supporting people through stressful times in their lives, through developing their resilience and coping strategies by working with them collaboratively and coaching them towards recovery. She aims to provide a high quality personalised and friendly service where the patient’s choice and needs come first. She also understands the needs of carers and does her best to provide family-friendly services.

Clinical Interests

Shanaya Rathod has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 14 years and during this time acquired skills and experience of working in acute and community psychiatry for adults of working age. She has expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common and severe mental disorders including but not limited to:

  • Mood disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Alcohol and substance misuse
  • Anxiety and neurotic disorders
  • Coping and resilience building in stressful times
  • Cultural aspects of mental health
  • Perinatal mental health

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