Dr Anand Ganesan is a consultant psychiatrist working within adult mental health in South West Wales. Since moving to Wales, he has discovered a rewarding career with the flexibility to expand his knowledge and use his medical expertise to add value to the workforce, winning a prestigious Wales Deanery Award and Royal College of Psychiatrists Award. He says:
“I first moved to Wales from South West London eight years ago as a SAS doctor. I am now a consultant psychiatrist working in the community, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Clinical Lead and run specialist perinatal clinics for a health board in South West Wales. The culture of non-stop learning, knowledge sharing and continuous personal development within NHS Wales has since enabled me to go on to indulge my passion for education and training, shape my career and influence future models of care.
“I am actively involved in Medical Appraisal Quality Assurance, through my role as Secondary Care Medical Appraisal Lead for Mental Health. This allows me to apply my skills and expertise to add value to the appraisal process and ultimately improve performance levels and patient care. An achievement that saw me win the Wales Deanery ‘BEST Award’ for SAS Innovation in Education (2014) and Royal College of Psychiatrists SAS of the year award (2017).
“I also hold an Honorary teaching role with Cardiff University, which involves teaching medical students at undergraduate level and supervising core speciality and GP trainees at postgraduate level, to develop the next generation of health professionals and promote medical best practice.
“I firmly believe that success in any career, is a process and not a destination. The continuous personal development opportunities, not to mention the support and encouragement from my colleagues and peers that I’ve received here in Wales has been second to none.
“I would strongly recommend a move to Wales for any doctor wanting the chance to continue the traditions of the NHS in the country of its birth, and influence models of care for the future.”