Dr Trudi Seneviratne


SLAM / RCPsych


Dr Gertrude (Trudi) Seneviratne OBE, MBBS, FRCPsych, Consultant in General Adult and Perinatal Psychiatry.

She qualified as medical practitioner in 1992 from St Bartholomew’s Medical School, subsequently training in psychiatry at St Bartholomew’s, City and Hackney Mental Health Trust, followed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and a researcher with Professor Channi Kumar at the Institute of Psychiatry. She has been a perinatal psychiatrist for 24 years working across the entire care pathway across liaison, specialist community perinatal services, the Parenting Assessment Service and the acute inpatient service at the Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital. As Consultant Psychiatrist since 2002, now Clinical Director, has supported the development of Perinatal Mental Health Services, locally and nationally, through Royal College Psychiatrists. She has been involved in developing national standards for perinatal services and accredited numerous services across the UK. With colleagues, have published/disseminated numerous research over years. An important recent was outcome data from the MBU which demonstrated excellent outcomes for parents/babies.  She has been an active educator over the years. A recent example is the innovative Multi-professional Simulation Training Package in Perinatal Mental Health. She has held numerous national roles (1) member and vice chair of the national Clinical Reference Group- Perinatal Mental Health Services, NHS England(2) a member of the ‘All Party Political Group (APPG) 1001 Critical Days Campaign’ and have given several talks at Parliament to influence policy and service investment. In 2016, she was elected Chair of The Perinatal Faculty, Royal College Psychiatrists. This is a national and international role promoting perinatal mental health services, maintaining standards for services and perinatal psychiatrists, training/education (doctors and other disciplines) as well as supporting research in the area. In 2019, she was awarded an OBE for services to Perinatal Psychiatry.


Dr Trudi Seneviratne References  

Pawlby, S., Fernyhough, C., Meins, E., Pariante, C. M., Seneviratne, G. & Bentall, R. P. Mind-mindedness and maternal responsiveness in infant-mother interactions in mothers with severe mental illness. Nov 2010 In : Psychological Medicine. 40, 11, p. 1861 – 1869

Kenny, M., Pariante, C., Conroy, S., Seneviratne, G. & Pawlby, S. Mother-infant interaction in mother and baby unit patients: Before and after treatment. Sep 2013 In : Journal of Psychiatric Research. 47, 9, p. 1192-1198

Chrishanthy Grace Jayarajah1 & Trudi Seneviratne.(2016)  Development of a mother and baby unit contraception assessment tool. Arch Womens Mental Health DOI 10.1007/s00737-016-0665-x

Fusté, Montserrat, Pauls, Astrid, Worker, Amanda,Reinders, Antje A. T. S.,Simmons, Andrew,Williams, Steven C. R.,Haro, Josep M. Hazelgrove, Kate, Pawlby, Susan,Conroy, Susan, Vecchio, Costanza, Seneviratne, Gertrude, Pariante, Carmine M., Mehta, Mitul A.,Dazzan, Paola ( 2017 ) Brain structure in women at risk of postpartum psychosis: an MRI study. Translational Psychiatry, 1286,7,12.

Lucy A. Stephenson , Alastair J. D. Macdonald, Gertrude Seneviratne, Freddie Waites & Susan Pawlby. Mother and Baby Units matter: improved outcomes for both. BJPsychOpen Volume 4, 3May 2018 , pp. 119-125

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