Lia is a dual trained old age and general adult liaison psychiatrist. She is a Consultant for SaBP NHS FT based in Epsom. She works in liaison psychiatry for older people and is also developing integrated care and digital services in the Surrey area. Lia’s interests in these areas started during her training at the South London & Maudsley NHS FT where she was the Clinical Lead on the myhealthlocker project, an award winning digital health initiative that aims to get patients activated and at the centre of their care. Lia makes occasional trips back to South London to tutor on the IMPARTS course. IMPARTS is an initiative funded by King’s Health Partners to integrate mental and physical healthcare in research, training and clinical services at Guy’s, St Thomas’s and King’s College Hospitals, as well as South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Lia advises a number of national initiatives on digital and mental health services and is on the council of the National Association of Primary Care as their Special Adviser on mental health. Slightly randomly Lia got selected last year for the BBC Academy #BBCExpertVoices programme. She firmly believes that healthcare professionals need to get better at communicating sometimes complex health issues to the public. More than anything else she thinks we don’t hear patients’ voices enough.
Lia Ali and colleagues from the IMPARTS project present the findings of their group discussions about a recent review of mortality in mental disorders. Along the way she discusses the staff training they carried out and the tweet chat they ran to consider the implications of this research, both to individuals and on the global burden of disease.[read the full story...]