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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Joan Bicknell memorial event pays tribute to the first British Female professor of Psychiatry

Joan Bicknell memorial event pays tribute to the first British Female professor of Psychiatry

On Thursday, 19 October, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and St George’s University of London, together with Baroness Sheila Hollins, celebrated the life work and legacy of Joan Bicknell with a memorial event at Springfield Hospital in Tooting, where Joan did much of her pioneering clinical work.

Friends, family and colleagues came together to remember Joan and all she did to transform care for people with learning disabilities.

Speaking at the event, Baroness Sheila Hollins said: 

“Joan was a brilliant clinician and she put the disabled person and their family at the centre of each consultation. Joan demonstrated that with specialist advice, community services could provide families with more support to care for longer, and the growing number of community homes and hostels could be supported to provide family-style care.”

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust Chief Executive David Bradley said:

“This event paid tribute to someone who left a remarkable legacy to the Trust, our staff and our patients. We will remain forever grateful for the research and pioneering clinical work she conducted during her time here and will be missed by many. Her work and inspiration continue to live on here at the Trust.”

The community team base at Springfield University Hospital where Joan did much of her pioneering clinical work, was named after her when she left.

You can read her full obituary by Baroness Sheila Hollins here.

 

 

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