Dr Su Sukumaran has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 1999.
She read Medicine at the University of Liverpool and worked in Adult Medicine and Paediatrics before undertaking General Psychiatric training at Guy’s and Thomas’s Hospitals, followed by Child and Adolescent Psychiatric training at St Mary’s, Paddington.
Dr Sukumaran was then appointed as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer (Imperial College) in Ealing CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), where she built up the Neurodevelopmental Team.
A career and maternity break followed, during which she moved to Hong Kong, where she obtained a Master of Laws in Human Rights. This has given her a deeper understanding of health as a basic right in itself and its interconnectedness with other human rights.
Since her return to London, Dr Sukumaran has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Paediatric Liaison and community CAMHS teams in Barnet.
She is active in teaching medical students and trainees in Psychiatry and other disciplines and regularly consults to colleagues in Primary Care, Education and Social Care. She maintains her interest in Human Rights and in particular, children’s rights, through her membership of the Special Committee on Human Rights of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the Child Rights Alliance for England.
Other voluntary-sector experience includes work with the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and charities for the homeless, fostering and adoption, and for families of children with special needs.
Dr. Sukumaran’s broad experience means that she adopts an integrated approach, combining physical, developmental, emotional, family and wider community perspectives. She works closely with multidisciplinary colleagues and other children’s services, such as schools and Paediatricians, whenever possible.