Professor Sandeep Ranote joins the Castlefield Gallery Board of Trustees and Directors

Categories: School of Health and Society

Sandeep Ranote, Visiting Professor in Mental Health at the University of Salford, has joined the Castlefield Gallery as a Trustee.

Sandeep is the Executive Medical Lead for Mental Health at Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership and Director of Mental Health & Clinical Transformation for Wigan.

As Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership’s Medical Executive Lead for Mental Health, Sandeep leads the award winning Mentally Healthy Schools Programme, and the trailblazing pilot University Mental Health service across all of Greater Manchester’s universities. She has also been appointed as the interim Workforce Well-being Guardian for Greater Manchester Integrated Care System.

Professor Ranote is a practicing Consultant Paediatric Psychiatrist, leading Young People’s community eating disorder services in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. She currently sits on the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Eating Disorder Executive Committee and is a regular expert media contributor. Sandeep is also a member of the National clinical advisory board for Kooth, one of the UK’s leading digital mental health organisations. Her published research includes perinatal neuroimaging, eating disorders and medical skin camouflage for self-harm, and most recently the impact of Covid-19 on young people.

Sandeep has been clinical advisor to The National Children’s Museum, Eureka, and is a trustee for the national eating disorder charity BEAT and for Sick!Festival, and now joins Castlefield Gallery, extending her support for the work of the third sector across health, social care, and culture.

Professor Sandeep Ranote said: “The greatest wealth is undoubtedly our health and the foundation of this is our mental health. As a psychiatrist, I have been a strong advocate for the role of art and culture in maintaining good mental health from prevention, to treatment, and recovery. Its power has been known since ancient times and now more than ever before, with rising need for mental health support in our communities, we need to harness this and strengthen its role and the evidence base by improving whole system partnerships between health and the arts, particularly with our voluntary sector.

Picasso once said that the purpose of art was to wash the dust of daily life off our souls. I am delighted to become a trustee at Castlefield Gallery and with this privilege I believe we can build partnerships that could deliver Picasso’s prescription.”

Susie Stubbs, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Castlefield Gallery said: “I’m delighted that Sandeep is joining our board – her expertise around mental health, and her passion for art and culture, are deeply impressive. We need art and artists now more than ever: to challenge and to change, and to bring communities together. Sandeep is a powerful advocate for the impact of art on every aspect of our lives, and I can’t wait to see how she helps shape the gallery as it moves into its fourth decade.”

Helen Wewiora, Director and Artistic Director at Castlefield Gallery said: “We are excited to welcome Professor Sandeep Ranote to our Board of Trustees. Sandeep has a sophisticated understanding of the powerful contribution culture and creativity makes to all our lives, especially in relation to mental health and wellbeing.”

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