I am a duel trained adult and old age psychiatrist, currently working in Sunderland as a Dementia specialist. In addition, I work for University of Sunderland as an Honorary Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Health Sciences focusing on Dementia awareness training. I am also a volunteer for the Carers Centre in Sunderland.
After medical school in Aberdeen (qualified 1/8/84), I trained in psychiatry at Royal Cornhill Hospital (the Ross Clinic) including research in brain imaging in dementia. Thereafter I completed my specialist training in York, which included experience in Neurology, Geriatrics and Hospice work. Thereafter I moved to Hull as Senior Lecturer in 1996, before moving to my substantive post as Adult and Old age primary care liaison psychiatrist for the next 15 years from 1998, which included 8 years as College Tutor. I have completed a 2 year secondment as a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) involving 23 full inspections of mental health trusts across England.
My primary academic interest currently is in the area of physical health in people with severe mental illness (including the damaging effects of psychotropics via NASH). I am also involved in the development and evaluation of Primary Care Liaison via Pathway Navigators and Triage Nurses (see PRISM service in Cambridge), in order to improve access without the need for referrals. I have been a Cochrane Collaborator. On educational activities, I have produced 3 e CPD modules on avoiding clinical bias, CBT in Psychosis, Child Protection and Leadership. On life outside medicine, I play the ‘cello in a band (part of the European Doctors Orchestra)
3 selected peer reviewed publications (30 in all)
- de Silva, P.N. Applying SBARD to electronic notes, letters and reports in old age psychiatry. Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry Vol 17(2) march 2013
- de Silva, P.N. Closing the mortality gap in patients with major psychiatric conditions. Brit. Jour. Hosp. Med. 2018 Vol 79 (8):2-6
- de Silva, P.N. Use of appropriate technology to improve mental health delivery. Brit. Jour. Hosp. Med. 2018. Accepted for publication, published 12/2018.