Professor Hamid Ghodse has been presented with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Ghodse – professor of psychiatry and international drug policy at St George’s – received his award at the Royal College’s annual awards ceremony, which reward excellent practice in the field of mental health. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious honour, and recognises a lifetime commitment to developing and providing mental health care.


Professor Sue Bailey, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “I am delighted that Hamid has been honoured by the college in this way. He has worked in the field of addictions, mental health policy and medical education for more than 35 years, and is without doubt one of the world’s leading experts in drug control.”

She added: “Over the years the college has benefited greatly from the talents of this exceptionally gifted man, and he is a very worthy winner of our 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Professor Ghodse said: “It would not have been possible without the unfailing support of all my colleagues at St George's over the years. Although I am the named recipient of the award, I see it as the achievement of the whole team."

Professor Ghodse heads the International Centre for Drug Policy at St George’s. He was the first psychiatrist to be appointed president of the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board, and has been elected a record 11 times.

Professor Ghodse received his award from Professor Dame Carol Black at a presentation ceremony held at the Royal Society of Medicine on 15 November.