A pioneering psychiatrist has been awarded a CBE as part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours.
Dr JS Bamrah is a senior consultant psychiatrist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) and an Honorary Reader at the University of Manchester.
He received his honour for services to mental health, the NHS and diversity after a career, which has seen him serve on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Council and as a director and council member for the British Medical Association.
Prior to 2017 Dr JS Bamrah served communities in Manchester as the Medical Director for the former Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust.
He said: “It’s a great privilege to be honoured in this way especially as it highlights the three issues I’m passionate about, mental health, diversity and the NHS.
“I can only thank my many colleagues and family who’ve been so supportive over the years. And of course my patients from whom I have gained knowledge and experience.”
Throughout his career Dr JS Bamrah has worked tirelessly to tackle the inequalities faced by BME communities seeking mental health treatment.
He is a member of the Synergi Collaborative Centre’s Advisory Board, a national initiative to reframe, rethink and transform the realities of ethnic inequalities in mental health.
Dr JS Bamrah is the National Chairman of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and a trustee of two Manchester charities – LMCP for disadvantaged people from the South Asian community and the African and Caribbean Mental Health Services.
He holds a number of honorary positions in India, mainly as Visiting Professor at Sri Guru Ram Das Health Sciences University, Amritsar, Visiting Professor at the Punjab Nursing College, Bhatinda, and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kolkata.
Dr Chris Daly, Medical Director for GMMH, said: “We would like to congratulate Dr JS Bamrah on this prestigious honour.
“His work to break down barriers and help people from diverse communities to access treatment has been fantastic.
“He has not only served our communities as a doctor, he has also served physicians across the UK with his work with the BMA and Royal College of Psychiatrists.
“Colleagues from across the UK and India owe JS Bamrah a debt of gratitude.”