New Research Training and Capacity Development lead announced


Dr Rina Dutta has been appointed to the role and is set to take over as Professor Richard Brown retires as Training and Capacity Development Lead for the NIHR Maudsley BRC.

Joining as co-lead until September 2020, then taking over as lead, Dr Rina Dutta, is a Senior Clinical Lecturer studying Suicidal Behaviour and a Consultant Psychiatrist.

She told us:

"I am delighted to have been appointed as co-lead of the Training and Capacity Development cluster. 

I am hoping to develop an innovative strategy and plans for a more extensive and enriching portfolio of research training opportunities for the next BRC funding competition and to successfully carry this forward with renewed NIHR funding".

Richard Brown retires from his role

Richard Brown, Professor of Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience at King's College London and current BRC Training and Capacity Development lead is retiring on 30 September after leading the NIHR Maudsley BRC Training work since its start.

Professor Richard Brown said “It’s wonderful that Dr Rina Dutta has accepted the Training and Capacity Development Lead role for the remainder of the current BRC and into the next five years.

For me, it has been a huge honour and great fun to be part of the Maudsley BRC since it started in 2007. When I was asked to be the training lead I had little idea of what that would entail, nor the fact that I would still be in the role 13 years later. Over that time Training and Capacity Development has grown hugely in scope and scale and is a major driver and source of support for postgraduate research training in the IoPPN, both clinical and non-clinical. It has been a real pleasure to see the career progression of the many dozens of PhD students and trainees that have been part of the BRC over the years.

I have greatly enjoyed working alongside the many colleagues at the IoPPN, the Trust and others across the NIHR infrastructure that have contributed so much to the success of the Maudsley BRC’s training activities. I would particularly like to thank Matthew Hotopf, Saliha Afzal, Patricia Zunszain and, of course, Julia Wootley, for all of their support. I may be retiring but I will still be hanging around, so hope to see you all when normal service resumes.”


Matthew Hotopf, Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry and Director of the NIHR Maudsley BRC, added  says

“I am thrilled that Rina has taken on this role, which I know she will handle with great care and professionalism. I look forward to seeing where she takes our Training and Development work.

Richard has been a stalwart of the BRC. It is a role which requires attention to detail, clarity of purpose and a real interest in the many PhD students, fellows, and other beneficiaries of the BRC training and capacity development.  Richard’s fairness and kindness have ensured that everyone has had confidence in the way in which training has been run and decisions have been made.  It has also ensured that is one of the most successful aspects of the BRC. 

We wish Richard all happiness in retirement and will miss an outstanding colleague.”

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Our Training and Development Cluster aims to support and train the next generation of clinical and non-clinical researchers who will help deliver transformative changes in mental health care.

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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 30 Jun 2020, 15:06 PM

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