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Asian Voice - Saturday 3rd December 2011

one to one Keith Vaz MP with

Dr Stephen M Pereira, Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Pereira LLP & Medical Director of The Insight Network (part of Spire Healthcare) Dr Stephen Pereira is a specialist in Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT), having trained at the Oxford School, which has a worldwide reputation as a Centre of Excellence in CBT. He also trained in Behaviour Therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College and has an MSc in CBT and Marital / Sexual problems at Guy’s Hospital, London. Dr Pereira has over 25 years experience in psychiatry and has also been in private practice in the City of London for the past 12 years. He has developed a National Centre of Excellence in Psychiatric Intensive Care and is a winner of 8 National awards including UK Hospital Doctor of the Year in Psychiatry, Medical Manager, Team of the Year, Mental Health and Clinical Governance Team of the Year DOH, runners up (2001) along with a number of Best Practice awards.He is currently Consultant Psychiatrist – Keats House at London Bridge & Capio Nightingale Hospital, Lisson Grove & The London CBT Centre. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer, in Psychiatry at Guys, Kings, St Thomas’s School of Medicine. He is also Chairman of NAPICU, a National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, the National Lead for Intensive Care Psychiatry at the Department of Health and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care.He lectures regularly in the City of London, at the London Chamber of Commerce, for major corporations, internationally at conferences and various other venues.He has co-authored the first worldwide textbook on Psychiatric Intensive Care. He has also developed two educational courses; a Masters Diploma certificate in Psychiatric Intensive Care with NAPICU and Southbank University, the first of its kind internationally and a psychiatric intensive care module for the MSc in Mental Health studies at King’s College.

1) What inspired you to begin your career in your chosen field? I was inspired by a natural curiosity in human nature and the mind as well as a personal experience of mental illness in my family, and lastly a desire to make a difference 2) What are your proudest achievements? My Proudest achievement each time is fundamentally getting each patient I see in my practice well – namely getting people from considerable distress to mental contentment. The second achievement was getting £160 million from the Department of Health for improvement of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) and low secure units for patients with severe mental illness (SMI) which resulted in improvement in life for about 8000 patients Thirdly, conceptualising and delivering a National Minimum Standards for PICU and Low secure units, a Department of Health Policy Implementation Guide benefiting vulnerable patients. Lastly, Co-founding NAPICU (National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units). 3) Please tell us about your current position? I am a Consultant Psychiatrist providing psychological and psychiatric interventions using Cognitive Behavioural

Lord Noon & Lord Kamlesh Patel debates on VAT amendments Lord Noon took part in a debate, led by Lord Kamlesh Patel to support the VAT amendment and won by 12 votes. The Bill is now on its way to the House of Parliament for review. Lord Gulam Noon spoke about key issues faced by the charitable sector with respect to VAT exemptions. He spoke about the combined contribution of services that amounts to more than 26mn hours of care every year. He said, “In excess of 2,000 adult in patient beds are provided by the voluntary sector and more than 1 mn is raised in charitable donations every day...In fact estimated value of 100,000 volunteers is said to be more than £112mn each year...” The Labour peer spoke about the equality in financial arrangements

Lord Patel

Lord Noon

when providers are in the same market. “I believe that competition can be harnessed for good and that there are many benefits to be realised by opening up the healthcare sector to this kind of discipline. However competition must be fair and the current arrangements on VAT between health services and charitable sector are certainly not fair...,” he further added. As a donor and sup-

porter of Marie Curie Cancer Care, he spoke about the important services of the nurses who provide essential care for patients and their families at the most needed times. As the largest hospice care outside the NHS, he spoke how its services are vital to those who want to die in their own home, but cannot afford to. Statistics show only 20% can, while 65% aspire to die amongst friends and family.

Therapy to look after the mental well being and health for patients predominately in the City of London. I am also the Chairman of NAPICU (National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units). 4) What has been the biggest obstacle in your career? The biggest obstacle of my career is having only 7 days in 1 week and 24 hours in 1 day. Also being too innovative at times and therefore having to get people in to buy into that innovation earlier than they should. 5) Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date? My wife. 6) What is the best thing about your current role? To be in the privileged position of being able to make a meaningful difference to other people’s lives 7) And the worst? The most difficult thing about my current role is undoubtedly not being

able to see more patients, and of course the paperwork my role requires. 8) What are your long term goals? To convince more people to overcome the stigma of mental illness and to seek help for their problems and getting people to accept help for their problems, as there is help available and not accepting it on account of ignorance or stigma can be frustrating. To help create a more meaningful Mental Health Service which is fit for purpose to accurately and sensitively meet with the mental health needs of patients and also to help create a service for the poorest section of society via establishing a Mental Health Charity. 9) If you were Prime Minister, what one thing would you change? I would make the public sector more efficient and fit for purpose and with fewer managers. 10) If you were marooned on a desert island, which historical figures would you like to spend your time with and why? Sigmund Freud to understand how he came up with conceptualisation of the mind into Ego, Id and the Superego as well as conscious and unconscious mind. Adolph Hitler as I would be interested to find out why he was so delusional about the superiority of the Aryan race and do some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy work with him and to help cure him of his delusions.Gandhi in order to find out why he was so self sacrificial

Legal secretary admits 500,000 theft A legal secretary has admitted stealing nearly £500,000 from clients’ accounts. One of 25-yearold Leanne Harris’s two victims was an elderly woman over whom she had power of attorney, Hove Crown Court was told. The court heard Harris wrote false cheques in the name of a Mr Harris, taking more than £419,000 from client Joan Watson. Harris admitted five counts of fraud against Ms Watson. She also admitted The peer said the new arrangements for commissioning mean that other organisations can provide more health services. In conclusion he emphasised how the amendment would pave a way to achieve the goal of lesser burden on charities.

stealing £64,815 between August 2007 and April 2010 from Miriam Turnbull, over whom she had power of attorney. Prosecutor Michael Warren did not open the details of the Crown’s case. Defending, Lewis Power QC said Harris and her husband had faced financial difficulties and were struggling to repay loans, meet bills and pay a mortgage. He added that Harris was “deeply ashamed” of her actions

People ■ Mukesh "Mike" Patel and his fellow Committee Members from AHOA were spotted having lunch at the House of Commons recently. There were mutterings that the Palace could be the next Hilton. ■ The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh is one of the Keynote Speakers at a Conference on Radicalism held at De Montford University on 13th December. Also there will be the Reverend Jessie Jackson. ■ George Jatania is becoming very casual these days. He is taken to coming to functions tieless. But perhaps this counts as national dress.

Yoga 'named' as evil? While the west has taken a fancy to Yoga, meditation and such practices to live a healthy life, it came as a shock when the Chief exorcist of the Vatican declared it as ‘evil’. Yoga a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. Reportedly Father Gabriel Amorth who has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in his capacity as Chief Exorcist at the Vatican, at a conference surprised the delegates by revealing some of his greatest dislikes - yoga and Harry Potter. Father Amorth, a colourful and often outspoken personality, said: ‘Practising yoga brings evil as does reading Harry Potter. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil.’ He added:’Yoga is the Devil’s work. You thing you are doing it for stretching your mind and body but it leads to Hinduism. All these oriental religions are based on the false belief of reincarnation.’ We would like to know your opinion about the statement. Write to Asian Voice at aveditorial@ in 100 words about what you feel (with full contact details - for our record purposes)...

Brit-Indian tycoon sells London home Lord Raj Bagri is reported to have sold a stately home in north London’s Regent’s Park for a record-breaking 120 million as per an article in Times of India published on 21st November. Bagri started his working life as an apprentice metal trader in Kolkata, before being posted by his firm to London. He established his own company and was elevated to the prestigious position of chairman of the London Metal Exchange.

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