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"Amy combines robust psychological knowledge and extensive clinical experience with a thoughtful, emotionally intelligent and compassionate approach to patient care. She is knowledgeable about the wider healthcare system and is experienced in designing mental health models of care and the transformation of care pathways."

(Dr Brian Marien, Co-Founder of The Positive Group) 

 

About Amy Stoddard-Ajayi

Amy Stoddard-Ajayi leads on mental health for the Cambridge Medical Academy based at the Cambridge University Biomedical Campus, where she is responsible for training a global network of over 800 doctors, nurses and administrators in mental health. 


She is a regular conference speaker and guest lectures for a number of UK Universities.

She has been a Consultant Advisor to some of the largest NHS Trusts and Private Healthcare providers operating in the UK. Her research, which focused on equality of access to UK mental healthcare has been published internationally. Alongside her clinical role as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at East London Foundation Trust, Amy was the Strategic Development Lead for a global mental health organisation and later the Head of Development for the wellbeing division for a national social care provider.


Amy specialises in the clinical application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the development and redesign of health services for the NHS and private sector (See list of publications and achievements at the bottom of this page). 


Amy runs a private CBT clinic in West Sussex. To enquire about having therapy with Amy, go to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tab above.


Professional background

Amy's first degree in Anthropology and her MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sit as a foundation for all of her professional work. This has included the clinical delivery and management of services for refugees and asylum seeking people, young people involved in gangs and violent crime, troubled families and secondary care psychotherapy (complex comorbidity and Personality Disorders). 


Consultancy services

Amy's consultancy services include the design and tender writing for a wide range of health services including adult psychology, child and adolescent mental health, urgent care, GP federations, healthcare in prisons, drug and alcohol services, and MSK & chronic pain to name a few. 


She also works with healthcare providers to create systemic improvements that close the gap between equality and diversity policy and practice, including the establishment of patient participation programmes and staff and patient diaspora advisory groups.


Amy has a research background and works with healthcare providers to undertake and write service evaluations which inform the ongoing development and improvement of service provision. 


Amy provides orange of training on mental health and the establishment and ongoing design and delivery of mental health services. 


"I have been privileged to work with Amy around the planning of services for people with mental health problems. What has been very clear to me is the breadth of her experience. This is not just about the intricacies of planning, for which she has great experience. Amy can call upon a wide range of approaches for individual situations and also assure herself of the evidence base for the effectiveness for these approaches. Amy is reflective and will explore beneath the skin of what presents in order to help find a solution for the real problems." 

(Dr John Acres, Public Health Consultant - Wessex Global Health Network) 

 

Publications and Achievements

Key Speaker

Boundary Crossing: An international interdisciplinary conference on immigration and social justice

Title: Bridging the gap in mental health: Capoeira as a therapeutic tool

Winchester University, 3rd-4th Sep, 2018


Research publication

The UK Equality Act and Access to Mental Healthcare for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Author - Amy Stoddard Ajayi

The Journal for the International Refugee Law Committee, June 2017


Podcast Interview

The Feel Great Podcast (available on Itunes and Spotify)

'Being imperfect is actually quite a wonderful thing that we can embrace' according to Amy Stoddard Ajayi who is the latest expert interviewed on The Feel Great Podcast."


Publication

Engaging medical diasporas with their country of origin

Authors - Amy Stoddard Ajayi, Mosses Mulimira Wasswa

BMJ, 2015


Key Speaker

Traumatic roots and treatment implications for black people within the UK mental health system

Title: Cultural bias and the therapeutic exchange: exploring alternatives through the concept of 'collective responsibility'

Confer, 2015 http://confer.uk.com/distress.html


Publication

Brain drain to Brain Gain: working with UK medical diaspora groups

Authors - Amy Stoddard Ajayi, Moses Wasswa Mulimira

UK CDS, 2014


Expert witness

Amy has acted as an Expert Witness on a number of legal cases where mental health has been a factor. She has both written mental health assessments to provide key evidence for Court cases and acted as an expert witness in Court.


Expert Advisor

Amy is a registered Expert Advisor to Chime Advisors, a new generation of expert network. Chime Advisors specialise in matching experts with first hand experience and a deep knowledge of their specialist subject areas with clients from a broad range of industries, with an international reach.


Special Interest Groups/relationships

  • Amy sits on the Board for Enlight Abilities, an NGO supporting people with disabilities in Zambia.
  • She is  a key member of the Refugee Health Interest Group, which is connected to the Wessex Global Health Network, Southampton and Winchester Universities.
  • Amy lectures for Southampton University on the subjects of adapting CBT for culturally diverse populations and trauma and migration.
  • She is a member of the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation, a global health network connected to East London NHS Trust, Kings College Hospital, The Royal College of Psychiatry and Oxford University.