SLPA Congratulates Professor Athula Sumathipala

on his appointment as the Chair of Psychiatry at the Keele University

 Professor Athula Sumathipala



SLPA would like to announce with sadness  the passing away of the eminent psychiatrist Dr Vaithianathan


Dr Vaithianathan Satkunanayagam MBBS, DPM, FRCPsych










   Sri Lankan College of Psychiatrists


    British Indian Psychiatrists



    British Pakistani Psychiatrists


    Sri Lankan Journal of Psychiatry







    Sri Lankan Psychiatrists Association (UK)

    Association of Psychiatrists of Sri Lankan Origin Practicing in the United Kingdom




   Forthcoming Events


 Sri Lankan Psychiatrists Association-UK



  SLPA Annual Academic Conference


1st November 2014


Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel,

Bath road Hounslow, Middx. TW6 2AQ




Conference Programme                      Registration Form






Training Opportunities in the UK for Sri Lankan Psychiatric Trainees:


The Royal College of Psychiatrists has now become an approved sponsor for doctors from overseas looking for training posts in psychiatry.under the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) which is designed to enable a small number of International Medical and Dental Graduates to enter the UK to gain experience, training and development in the NHS for up to two years, before returning to their home country.   This is for overseas qualified psychiatrists who wish to further their expertise in psychiatry by acquiring additional skills in their own specialty or in a subspecialty and it is not for new trainee psychiatrists, who would receive their traing from their local Psychiatric Training Schemes. This sceme is aimed to provide unique opportunity for experience in number of subspecialties such as Old Age Psychiatry, Eating Disorders, Learning Disability, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and others.


For further information on this scheme please check the links belw and keep looking for further information that would be coming up in the near future in the College website. The scheme is in the initial stage and the College is looking to appoint a Specialist Advisor who will oversee a MTI Pilot scheme in 2014.  More information on how the Trusts will be able to participate in the scheme and how overseas trainees can apply are expected to be available when the scheme is developed fully.


For Further Information:       College Document


                                                            College Website




Sri Lanka Psychiatrists Association (UK)


Sri Lankan Psychiatrists' Association of the United Kingdom was formed in July 2001 with the aim of creating a forum for the Psychiatrists of Sri Lankan origin, practicing in the UK.

The aims and objectives of the Association are:

       To act as a forum for Psychiatrists of Sri Lankan origin in the United Kingdom enabling them to share ideas and to promote social cohesion.

       To promote education and research in Psychiatry with special reference to the mental health of people of Sri Lankan origin.

       To organise and promote education and research events in the UK and in Sri Lanka.

       To be an advocate for the needs of the Association members in relation to their role in the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

       To assist the psychiatric trainees from Sri Lanka to obtain their post graduate training in the UK.

       To promote and advance the delivery of mental health care in Sri Lanka.

       To safeguard and foster the interests of the mem  bers and preserve, protect and enhance their image, by working with other interested organisations.

       To participate in charitable activities in Sri Lanka, particularly in the field of mental healthcare services in Sri Lanka.

  For more details see the Constitution

Mike Isweran