Professor Tamsin Ford CBE was appointed in October 2019 as Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. She will play a major role in the development of the new Cambridge Children’s hospital, which is being co-designed with children, young people and their families with an emphasis on usability, play and maintaining a normal childhood.
Tamsin is an internationally renowned Child Psychiatric Epidemiologist who researches the organisation, delivery, and effectiveness of services and interventions for children and young people’s mental health. She was awarded a CBE for services to psychiatry in June 2019 for her work as Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter Medical School. Her research focused on the impact of school absence on mental health, an exciting area of interest for Cambridge Children’s which plans to work closely with schools to build resilience and support mental health.
She completed the first part of her post-graduate training in psychiatry at Royal London Hospital training rotation, and completed it at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals. After this, she studied for her PhD in Psychiatry at Kings College London. Tamsin was also Editor of ACAMH’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal. Her work has been regularly cited by the government and NHS policy documents and she has advised Ofsted about mental health in relation to the new inspection framework.
Tamsin said: “It’s exciting to join the team at Cambridge Children’s to help shape a visionary new approach to child healthcare. It will be a huge benefit for researchers and clinicians to have easy access to each other; to share information and help each other improve their skills. The integration of mental and physical health services will benefit all concerned, providing complete and seamless care to children, young people and their families.
“One of the many areas of research at Cambridge Children’s will be learning more about how and when we should intervene to prevent mental health issues developing in children. We will work closely with schools and the local community with a focus on early detection and intervention, because delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time will vastly improve outcomes over a lifetime.”