Shanaya Rathod photo webProfessor Shanaya Rathod is an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Research with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. She is a visiting Professor at the Faculty of Science, University of Portsmouth. Through leadership and research projects she has influenced national strategy and held a number of leadership roles within the NHS in medical and clinical management.

She has been a Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2010 – 2013) and is currently the Mental Health Clinical Lead for the Wessex Clinical Research Network and Wessex Academic Health Sciences Network. Through these roles, she provides systems leadership across organizations on the strategic development of mental health services. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has authored books including: Back to Life, Back to Normality; Cultural Adaptation of CBT for Serious Mental illness; Brief Interventions in Psychosis; etc) especially on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She is also an invited speaker at national and international events.


Dr. Shanaya Rathod specialized as a Psychiatrist in Wessex, gaining full membership of the Royal College Of Psychiatrists and accreditation with the GMC as a consultant specialist in adult and old age psychiatry. She then completed a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Southampton and a Masters in Leadership from the University of Birmingham and NHS Leadership Academy.


Over the years Dr. Rathod has mastered specialist skills across the illness pathway through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common and severe enduring mental health conditions. She has an expertise in supporting people through stressful times in their lives, through developing their resilience and coping strategies by working with them collaboratively and coaching them towards recovery. She aims to provide a high quality personalised and friendly service where patient’s experience, choice, and needs come first. Dr. Rathod also understands the needs of carers and does her best to provide family friendly services.

Medico-legal Work

Dr Rathod is approved under section 12 (2) of the Mental health act (1983) as having had special experience in the assessment and management of psychiatric disorders and has experience in preparing medicolegal reports based on patient interviews, examination and review of notes since 2005. She has been instructed by solicitors and insurance companies to prepare reports on a variety of cases including fitness to plead and stand trial, insanity defence, custody matters, employment issues, personal injury claims, other insurance claims, negligence and critical injury claims etc. She has been instructed by claimants, defendants and jointly and is experienced in giving evidence in court.