The UK Sri Lanka Trauma Group is a volunteer led organisation. The following people make up our Executive Committee:
Throughout his career he has worked hard to combine clinical practice with academic research. He has been and is currently involved in a number of research collaborations. His clinical and research interests include cognitive and neuropsychological aspects of addictions, initiation and maintenance of behaviour change, outcome measurement, culture and substance misuse, psychological impact of trauma and the association between trauma and addictive behaviours.
He has acted as a consultant to UK Government bodies and internationally, to a number of countries.
Laura studied psychology at the University of Sussex and completed a Masters in Substance Misuse. She worked as a dual diagnosis worker within addiction and homeless services for several years where she gained experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers suffering from complex mental health disorders. She completed her Clinical Psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
Laura’s clinical and research interests include addiction, psychosis, trauma and the association between addiction and trauma. She also worked as a researcher for the reference group to the United Nations on HIV and Injecting Drug Use reviewing global policy. She is interested in global mental health policies and is dedicated to mental health capacity building in Sri Lanka through the work of the UK-SLTG and Samutthana. She currently works at the Traumatic Stress Clinic (Camden and Islington NHS Trust).
Dr Rasamuthiah is a very active member of the UKSLTG Executive Committee and he was instrumental in the setting up of the centres in Jaffna and Batticaloa . He is a Founder member of the Sri Lankan Medical & Dental Association in UK (founded 1982). He is also a Founder member Medical Institute of Tamils (UK) (founded 1990) as well as founder member of the Sri Lankan Psychiatrists Association (UK) (founded 2000). He is presently Public Governor in the Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Rasamuthiah is Vice-Chair NHS Retirement Fellowship, South Bedfordshire and Executive Committee member, Luton Senior Peoples’ Forum, in the Luton Borough Council.
He is currently employed by Whittington Health NHS Trust as a consultant psychotherapist and clinical lead of the Haringey Lets-Talk IAPT primary care psychological therapy service, and as Head of Nursing, Quality and Prevention Services. He has a wide range of NHS clinical and management experience over the last 30 years within Child Mental Health and Child Welfare, Adult Mental Health, Acute Hospital and Primary Care Settings.
In 2015, he spent six months in Sri Lanka volunteering with UKSTG and working with Sammuthana, co-running their first CBT training program, working with the Ministry of Health in their enhancing nurse training programme, and working with the mental health team in Vavunuiya in helping to set up their new child mental health service amongst other projects.
Her doctoral thesis is entitled: ‘What are the Perceptions of Sri Lankan Tamil Clients Accessing a Mental Health Service in a Hindu Temple?’ In her spare time she enjoys yoga, photography, tennis, travelling and food! Suraba plans to travel around South East Asia at the end of the year and visit Sri Lanka.
Shanthy’s interest in Charity work was facilitated by the Sathya Sai Baba Organisation, medical branch which provided Shanthy the opportunity to work in Zambia, India and Sri Lanka as a medical volunteer. In 2002 Shanthy was able to work in both Jaffna and Vanni district with other organisations eg UNICEF.
Later having joined the UKSLTG as an Executive Committee member she has continued to work in a voluntary capacity with people traumatised by the ethnic conflict and the Tsunami. In addition to direct work with the affected people Shanthy has been able to provide training, consultation and supervision to workers(teachers, NGO’s, INGO’s, volunteers) and also participated in conferences and present the work of the organisation. Recently in Dec 2007 with colleague, Dr Harriet Calvert The work of the group was presented at the international conference on Trauma in Finland organised by the Dept of Health, Finland.
Following retirement Shanthy works part time for the Ministry of Justice as their medical member for the Mental Health Review Tribunals. Retirement has given her time to pursue other important charity work with Child Aid Lanka and The Tamil Women’s Development Forum in U.K.
I have been working in mental health and social care education for the past 21 years. I retired from my tenured post as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton in 2015 where I taught across the full range of pre-registration and undergraduate mental health nursing and post graduate health and social care courses including the supervision of interdisciplinary research students at masters and doctoral level. I remain engaged professionally on a number of fronts and I currently hold an Honorary Community Fellowship at the University of Brighton.
I have been a member of the UK Sri Lanka Trauma Group Committee since 2010 and had been involved in educational consultancy work with the group between 2004 – 2009. My current remit within the group is to promote the participation of students and qualified mental health nursing professionals and individuals with ‘lived experience’ of mental health problems in the volunteering programme.