Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro MBE JP
Founder and President
Visiting Professor of Population Mental Health, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal. Honorary Visiting Fellow, Bradford University School of Management, UK. Medical Director, The Wood Street Health Centre, London, UK.
BiographyProfessor Ivbijaro is Visiting Professor of Population Mental Health at NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal and Joint Director of the NOVA University International Masters Programme in Primary Care Mental Health.
Professor Ivbijaro is a specialist in Integrated Care and Primary Care Mental Health, with expertise in service re-design and is Past President of WFMH (World Federation of Mental Health).
He co-edited ‘Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care: A Global Perspective’ in collaboration with World Health Organization and World Organization of Family Doctors in 2008 and has participated in a range of mental health transformation projects including being the Royal College of General Practitioners representative on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Intercollegiate SOC Committee that produced the ‘Good Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Gender Dysphoria’ in 2013. He was a Member of the European Platform for Mental Health from 2008 to 2009.
Professor Ivbijaro has presented papers and original thinking on primary care mental health integration and collaborative care at many local and international conferences and has published a range of articles in peer reviewed journals. He was editor of the ‘Companion to Primary Care Mental Health,’ an international collaboration of 110 authors from all continents of the world which received a five star (100%) Doody’s Review and aims to promote access and delivery of evidence based practice in primary care. His PhD ‘Stigma and social distance for schizophrenia in psychiatrist, general practitioners and service users’ highlights some of the challenges that mental health patients face when accessing health services due to stigma and discrimination.
Professor Ivbijaro has extensive expereince in NHS leadership and managment. He completed an MA in Leadership at the Kings Fund, London UK and Middlesex University, UK in 2005, he was North East London Director of Higher Proofessional Education in General Practice from 2001 to 2005 London Regional General Practice Adviser for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme from 2010 to 2012, Chair of the Long Term Mental Health Conditions Clinical Expert Panel for NHS London from 2010 to 2012 and Clinical Chair for Waltham Forest Federated GP Commissioning Consortium from 2011 to 2013 and his contribution to the UK National Health Service was recognised in 2012 when he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by her Majesty the Queen.
Professor Ivbijaro is an International Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Wonca Fellow, has WPA Honorary Membership, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Chair of the World Dignity Project and Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health.