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Improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health

Dr Ramin Nilforooshan is a consultant psychiatrist, specialising in functional mental health, within the older adults division at Surrey and Borders Partnership, and the Associate Director for Research and Development.

Since joining in 2011 Ramin has single-handedly built up the profile of research within the Trust, developing an award winning team that significantly contributes to improving health outcomes for people experiencing mental health issues.

The Research and Development team won the Clinical Research Impact category at the 2015 HSJ Awards in recognition of their dedication to furthering clinical research. This was a highly regarded celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, which looked at innovation and best practice across the sector.

Dr Nilforooshan has been the principal investigator on a number of clinical trials (MADE, EULAST, CREAD) and is leading on several national portfolio studies, such as the DNA polymorphisms in mental illness that focuses on genetic case control of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Recently, the focus of Ramin’s attention has been on leading a major new research study called TIHM (Technology Enhanced Health Management) for dementia, which tests how cutting edge technology placed in the homes of people with dementia could significantly reduce hospital and care home admissions, and relieve carer stress.

TIHM has received high profile interest and has been invited to exhibit at the NHS Expo event two years in a row, as well as welcoming visits from Jeremey Hunt, MP for South West Surrey and Secretary of State for Health, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE, Chairman of NHS England and David Nuttall, Deputy Director of the Department of Health and Social Care, to name a few.

The study is already winning awards; it picked up Best Mental Health Initiative at the ehi ceremony in November 2017 and has been shortlisted for a Patient Safety Award (winners announced 9th July) and a HSJ Value Award (winners announced 7th June).

Initial feedback has been really positive, indicating that people with dementia feel more supported by having the devices and carers feel less isolated. GP and A&E visits have reduced and we have been able to make early interventions that have avoided crisis events occurring later on. For example, a person with dementia was noted as having high blood pressure. Their carer was contacted and asked to repeat the readings and when they did it had reached the emergency range. A visit to A&E was recommended and the individual was started on antihypertensive medications.

The clinical pathways and alert protocols for the TIHM study were all designed by Ramin, using his expert knowledge of dementia, which is his research interest – and Ramin led on making decisions about how emergency alerts were handled and responded to. Early indicators suggest that TIHM has been received really positively, and that it has significantly improved the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers. Without his expert guidance, perseverance and dedication, the study would not have been possible. He makes such a significant contribution to medical research in the UK and is very deserving of this award.

Kiri Smith

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Stephanie Forster May 3, 2018

I have had the pleasure of working with Ramin on the TIHM for dementia test bed project over the past two years and he is fully dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia and their families. He is a real advocate for Research and Development in the NHS and has led our Research department with great skill and humility.

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Amanda M Morgan May 4, 2018

Ramin's vision and drive to transform support for people with dementia and their carers and define a better and more targeted way for the NHS to deliver care as the Clinical Lead on TIHM for dementia has been inspirational. As well as juggling heavy clinical and R&D workloads, he still finds time to support other teams within Surrey and Borders Partnership, such as communications, and is always a pleasure to work with.

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Francesca Markland May 4, 2018

Ramin is extremely talented and knowledgeable and I found it very inspiring working with him on the TIHM project. Ramin was well loved by the team and I found him to be very approachable and engaging. Ramin is absolutely committed to R&D and improving the lives and wellbeing of people affected by dementia. Ramin puts the patients first (not always a given in Research!!) and always brings their best-interests to the fore whilst designing innovative and impactful research studies. I would love to see Ramin receive this award as a well deserved accolade to celebrate his success and the fantastic work he has done within the constraints and challenges of working within the NHS during this period or austerity. Best of luck to you Ramin! :)

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Rosa Napolitano May 4, 2018

Ramin is one of the most inspirational clinicians I have had the pleasure of working with. Not only is he passionate about improving patient care, he has his eye on future digital and AI developments needed to revolutionise healthcare within the NHS and potentially globally. His relentless enthusiasm, drive and pace has delivered a number of ground breaking collaborations and projects. I can't think of anyone who would deserve this award more than he does.

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Guy Boersma May 4, 2018

Ramin's commitment to improving services for poorly served people now and for future generations is exceptional. His dedication, intolerance of the status quo and ability to share clinical insight has led him into a groundbreaking collaboration with university engineers. Together they are using their skills to bring benefits from the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and 5G technology to maintain the independence of patients and carers for longer. His work should become internationally recognised and relevant as his team develop what is probably the world's largest dataset relating to the experience of hundreds of people living with dementia. He and his work merits international recognition.

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Melissa ream May 4, 2018

An inspiring clinical leader! Ramin's work is at the cutting edge of user-driven AI innovation in health and care. His clinical team's work with the University of Surrey 5G centre is already yielding deep insights into health management of people with dementia using data from sensors and machine learning. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=1...al.pone.0195605

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Mark Kenny May 4, 2018

Ramin is an inspirational leader within our R&D dept, encouraging innovation and development of best clinical practice .It has been a great privilege and pleasure to work under his guidance and tutelage, advancing the creation of new treatments and care pathways. His willingness to engage and involve is second to none, building a strong sense of team and collaboration. This award would be a fitting recognition of his achievements to the benefit of our organisation, the wider healthcare environment, and the greater public need.

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Susannah Hartley May 4, 2018

Ramin is passionate about putting research front and centre in our Trust and a total expert. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award.

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Ali Khan May 5, 2018

A great role model & I feel honoured to work with a true professional.

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Payam Barnaghi May 7, 2018

Dr Nilforooshan's vision and efforts to transform support for people with dementia and their carers are outstanding. As the Clinical Lead for the TIHM for dementia project he has helped us to develop several algorithms and pathways to support people with dementia and their carers.

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Shirin Enshaeifar May 9, 2018

It has been a great pleasure to work with Dr Nilforooshan. He is an inspirational clinician who promotes a more ambitious perspective in moving towards the digital healthcare and AI developments. It has been such a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and develop novel algorithms to support people with dementia.

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Hannah Kurowski May 9, 2018

I had the privilege of working for Ramin for 6 years as his secretary and can vouch for all the comments that other staff members have entered below. His breadth and depth of knowledge on almost every subject is amazing, as is his capacity for hard work in improving the lives of others in his care. He never tires of taking on new projects, and is inspirational to all who work with him. He sets himself very high standards and always maintains a great sense of humour. I wish him all the best with this award.

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Julie Gripton May 11, 2018

Dedicated to improving lives through innovation and research - inspirational

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Sammad Hashmi May 11, 2018

Ramin is a clinician with extraordinary qualities. His work has hugely influenced the quality in care we deliver. I fully support him for the award. I wish him all the best for future successes.

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lorna.payne@sabp.nhs.uk May 11, 2018

Ramin is passionate about research and putting it into practice. He works with the team on Spenser ward - a shining example of joint leadership and always doing what is needed for the people in our care. You deserve to win !

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Joanna Bowe May 11, 2018

Passionate about research and a great lead for the TIHM for dementia project.

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natashaquinn@hotmail.co.uk May 11, 2018

Good Luck Ramin, you deserve to win!

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Josa Dugan May 11, 2018

Its been a pleasure working with Ramin over the past few years - his dedication and professional approach is admirable. The Trust should be proud to have such a genius (yes genius) on board!! Good luck - I truly hope you win!

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AmaRita May 11, 2018

Well deserved Dr Nilforooshan . Best of luck !

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Treena Parsons May 11, 2018

I have worked with Ramin on the TIHM for dementia test bed project and he is an inspiring and dedicated individual, well deserving of recognition. He always has the well being of his patients and their families at the heart of his work. He is a pleasure to work with and I do hope he gets this award. Good luck Ramin!!

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Tara Latimer May 11, 2018

Dr Nilforooshan is a dedicated and caring doctor. The TIHM project will be of long term benefit to an ageing population and I wish him every success.

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Indu Rastogi May 11, 2018

Well deserved

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Indu Rastogi May 11, 2018

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr Nilforooshan. He ia very inspiring colleague. He has uplifted the profile of research department.

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Helen Rostill May 11, 2018

Ramin is an exceptional clinician and researcher. He brings genuine curiosity, ingenuity and kindness to his work and has been a tremendous support to trainees and qualified staff alike. It has been a great privilege to work him.

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Sharon Gregory May 11, 2018

Ramin is a man of creativity and flair. I appreciate his energy and vision. It's fair to say that Ramin is human dynamite!

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Emma Ream May 11, 2018

Ramin is an inspirational clinician who works with considerable determination and vision to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families. Given the growing burden that this condition places upon people and societies, his innovative introduction of technology into people's homes to improve their lives shouts out for him to receive the award.

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Josiah Anyinsah May 11, 2018

A leading researcher and very pleasant. He is committed in improving the lives of people using services

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This idea has been advanced to the current phase

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