Subodh Dave, MD

Subodh (pronounced – Soo -both but replace t with a d) was elected as Dean at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2021. He holds this role until 2026. He has overall responsibility for setting standards for and facilitating the effective delivery of psychiatric education and training. 

Subodh is an international medical graduate having done his MD and DNB (Psychiatry) from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India. He moved to the UK in 1995 and obtained his CCT in General Adult Psychiatry with an endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry. He works as Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist in Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Bolton. He is Deputy Director of Undergraduate Medical Education and in that role has led innovations in introducing and embedding simulation and lived-experience involvement in the training of medical students at the University of Nottingham. 

Subodh has held training roles at all levels spanning undergraduate, foundation and postgraduate training both in the UK and internationally.  

He is passionate about ensuring that training, assessment structures and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) programmes lead to improvements in patient care and clinical outcomes. 

To that effect, his key priorities are: 

  1. Address health inequalities: faced by patients with mental illness often compounded by other disadvantages for e.g. poverty, early-life trauma, race and gender-based discrimination. 
    1. Integrate advances in neurosciences and social sciences to increase focus on public mental health and personalised care in our training and assessment. 
    1. Patient-focused use of data/digital tools and embedding lived-experience to make our training and practice more rewarding for learners and patients.
  2. Improve well-being: Happy doctors = Happy patients. Making learning personally fulfilling, meaningful, intellectually stimulating, emotionally engaging and fun.  

Subodh enjoys running and has run several marathons to raise money for mental health charities. He recently ran the Berlin marathon in under 3 hours.