Dr Rajini Ramana

Dr Rajini Ramana, C2:AD Clinical Director

rajiniDr Rajini Ramana is the lead clinician for the affective disorders pathway at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Clinical School, Department of Psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Regional Advisor for the Eastern Division of the College. She has worked in a variety of settings in acute care and community services and has considerable leadership experience in service development and training and education. Her clinical and research interests are in chronic and treatment refractory depression and in severe mental illness that co-exists with other long term physical illnesses. She is currently the Principal Investigator in Cambridge, for a multicentre randomised controlled trial that hopes to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a specialist service for treatment refractory depression. She is also a NICE Fellow and a member of the NICE implementation group for CPFT.



M.B, B.S. University of Madras, India, 1984

M.R.C. Psych. Member of the Royal College of Psyciatrists, London, 1989

F.R.C.Psych (Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, 2004

Key Publications:

Dibben, C., Khandaker, G., Ramana, R., 2009. Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983: awareness and practice. Medicine, Science and Law 49 (1) 41-45.

Ramana R., Paykel, E. S., Melzer, D., Mehta, M. A., Surtees, P. G., 2003. Aftercare of Depressed Inpatients: service delivery and unmet needs. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 38: 109- 115.

Ramana, R., Paykel, E.S., Surtees, P. G., Melzer D., Mehta, M, 1999. Medication received by depressed patients following a acute episode: adequacy and relation to outcome. British Journal of Psychiatry, 174, 128- 134.

Shaikh, G., Ireland, R., McBreen, M., Ramana, R., 1999. Audit of a recently introduced stimulus dosing policy for ECT. Psychiatric Bulletin 23: 541-544.

Smith, A. J., Ramana, R., 1998. Mental Health in rural areas: experiences in South Cambridgeshire, Psychiatric Bulletin 23: 541- 544.

Hayhurst, H., Cooper, Z., Paykel, E. S., Vearnals, S., Ramana, R., 1999. Expressed emotion and depression: a longitudinal study. British Journal of Psychiatry. 171, 439- 443.

Paykel, E.S., Ramana, R., Hahurst, H., 1996. Life events, social support and marital relationships in the outcome of severe depression. Psychological Medicine 26: 121133

Paykel, E. S.,  Residual symptoms after partial remission: an important outcome in depression. Psychological Medicine 25: 1171: 1180.

Ramana, R., Silverstone, P., Lishman, W.A., 1989. The toxic effects of anticonvulsant drugs in the long-term treatment of epilepsy. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 52: 1116.

Ramana, R. Battersby, M.W., 1989. Better to be depressed in Australia… Or not? British Journal of Psychiatry 155: 124-125.

Ramana, R. Checkley, S.A., 1990. Biological effects of very long-term antidepressant treatment. International Journal of Psychiatry 2: 227- 236.

Ramana, R., Saxena, S., 1991. India: quality and access are the priorities. Mental Health Services in the Global Village. Gaskell Publications, London, pp 14-25.

Ramana, R., Paykel E.S., 1992. Classification of Affective Disorders. British Journal of Hospital Medicine 47: 831- 835.

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