President – Royal College of Psychiatrists
Dr Shubulade (Lade) Smith was elected President of the RCPsych in 2023. She holds this role until 2026 and leads RCPsych on behalf of its members and associates.
Lade is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London.
Until July 2023, Lade was the Clinical and Strategic Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the RCPsych, providing medical leadership for the team developing mental health guidelines.
Lade sat on the core working group of the Independent Mental Health Act Review, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely.
Lade was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2019 for services to Forensic Intensive Psychiatric care. In November 2019 she was awarded Psychiatrist of the Year by the RCPsych. In July 2020, she became joint Presidential Lead for Race and Equality at the RCPsych.
Lade’s priorities as President are:
- Nurturing and Supporting Psychiatrists: so we can retain and strengthen our workforce.
- Addressing the Treatment Gap: fight for resources to deliver therapeutic care.
- Fairness for all: tackling inequality for patients and staff, and,
- Raising the profile of psychiatry.