Professor Isobel Heyman recognised with MBE in New Year's Honours

30 Dec 2022, 10:30 p.m.

Professor Isobel Heyman holds a dog and smiles at the camera. Behind is her a light blue and dark blue graphic.

Professor Isobel Heyman has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Professor Isobel Heyman is an honorary consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and Consultant Psychiatrist in the Psychological Medicine Team at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Professor Heyman is also an Honorary Professor at the University College Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH).

Professor Heyman founded the first UK specialist clinic for young people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related difficulties. Additionally, she became liaison psychiatrist to the epilepsy surgery program at GOSH, and clinical lead for the Tourette Syndrome clinic.

A voice for children and young people’s mental health

Professor Heyman’s work in research, clinical practice, teaching, leadership and strategic advice at the interface of physical and mental health is recognised both nationally and internationally.

View Professor Heyman’s academic publications here.

She is employed by Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust as child psychiatry clinical lead for Cambridge Children's Hospital development project – a new hospital programme which will for the first time fully integrate physical and mental health care – reducing stigma and ensuring equal care.

I am deeply appreciative of this honour. With the group-effort of skilled clinical teams, it is an enormous privilege to care for children and families experiencing the most difficult of times. I am proud of the work we have done to improve clinical care.

Our current project - the Cambridge Children's Hospital - fully integrates physical and mental health care for the first time.

None of the initiatives to put mental health research into clinical practice would have been possible without the collaboration of my Institute of Child Health colleague, Professor Roz Shafran and Cambridge University colleague Professor Tamsin Ford.

There is much more to be done to ensure all young people receive the mental health care they need - so it is important and gratifying for child mental health to be recognised in an award.

Professor Isobel Heyman

In recognition of her work, Professor Heyman has also been awarded:

New leads for patient and public involvement

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul and Dr Polly Livermore have been appointed as leads for patient and public involvement in the NIHR GOSH BRC

Director of Research and Innovation appointed

Dr Kiki Syrad has been appointed Director of Research and Innovation for Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust.

Transitioning clinical trials at GOSH

At GOSH we run hundreds of clinical trials each year, many of which take place in our dedicated facility - the NIHR GOSH CRF. But how do we transition trials out of the facility into a new setting?

GOSH staff recognised in prestigious research prize

Four members of staff from GOSH and UCL GOS ICH have today been recognised by the Academy of Medical Sciences for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of biomedical and health science