Professor Amanda Ramirez

Professor of Liaison Psychiatry & Psycho-Oncology

A world-renowned specialist in Liaison Psychiatry, with particular expertise in the management of psychological distress among people affected by cancer.

Professor Amanda Ramirez is recognised throughout the world for her research on psychological aspects of cancer. Her research programme at King’s College London has focussed on the psychological consequences of cancer, promoting awareness and early diagnosis of cancer and burnout among oncologists.

She leads the development of psychological services across the London Cancer Alliance and facilitates communication skills training for cancer clinicians across the UK.

She led the development of the new written information for the NHS breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes.

Professional background

Professor Ramirez graduated from University College London and trained as a psychiatrist at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.

Over ten years there as Director of the Dimbleby Cancer Information and Support Service, she developed a ground-breaking model for psychological support services for cancer, which she uses to advise the Department of Health on developing psychological support services for cancer.

She developed and implemented national policy on improving the cancer patient experience, as the national clinical lead for supportive cancer care.

Professor Ramirez has written over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and is a Principal Investigator or Co-applicant on a number of major international and national collaborative research programmes with a grant income of over £12 million since 2005.

Services provided to HCA

Professor Ramirez provides medical advisory services for HCA's Leaders in Oncology Care. In her role, Professor Ramirez leads interactions with hospital medical staff and the hospital leadership team to assist the hospital by providing medical advice and promote high quality, cost effective care.

In her role, she contributes to the strategy, policies and decision-making regarding psychiatry treatments and advises HCA to ensure that care provided within the facility is appropriate and efficient. In her role, Professor Ramirez advises on initiatives to drive clinical standards by providing professional advice on clinical governance matters and ensuring the adoption of those by colleagues in the psychiatry area.

In addition, she works with medical insurance companies, GPs, other relevant local NHS contacts, and patients to educate and advise on relevant clinical updates to treatments in psychiatry available in the facility. Furthermore, she advises on the accuracy of literature that may be published regarding relevant services. She will also advise on how to make the patient referral smooth to reduce stress and anxiety for patients.

Professor Ramirez leads a programme of work to improve the patient experience, as well as job satisfaction for staff at Leaders in Oncology. This includes overseeing NICE-approved training and supervision in communication skills for the staff, the routine assessment of patients supportive care needs and a coherent psychological service that enables patients to receive support that is tailored to their particular need and preferences.

HCA UK is charged by doctors in return for their expertise and advice, including on how to operate safe hospital facilities delivering complex care. All services provided under this agreement are charged to HCA UK. From January to December 2017, the total charge was £17,400. HCA requires the doctors that advise us to attest that if they also practice in the NHS that they are not compromising their NHS commitments.

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