Dr Dele Olajide is an Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London. He was until his retirement, Associate Medical Director for clinical informatics at the South London and Maudsley NHS foundation Trust, and Academic Health Sciences Centre. He was previously a senior lecturer at King's College Medical School/Institute of Psychiatry, London. He was a member of Council of Caldicott Guardians United Kingdom, widely consulted on policy around Data Policy Act and ethics of data confidentiality. He was the clinical lead for the development of the first electronic health records developed in the NHS the UK and digitization of legacy case records. Had a pivotal role in the development of the security model for consent and confidentiality of the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) for the Maudsley’s National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre. He was also pivotal in the development of the consent protocol for the Biomedical Research Centre Biobank. In designing research consent forms, it was critical that the patient should be placed at the center of the research programmer thus ensuring the democratization of consent as much as democratization of data utilization.
As a clinician, developed award winning and cutting- edge psychiatric services and is a highly regarded medical educator. While on secondment as a Senior Medical Officer, Department of Health, he had been involved in mental health policy with special reference to ethnic minority mental health and in that capacity, advised health ministers from both political parties. As part of his interest in the arts, Dr Olajide has collaborated with a professional actors; cooperative to produce a play by psychiatric inpatients based on improvisational methodology. He has also curated an art exhibition. Dr Dele Olajide has published widely and has edited two books on ethnic minority mental health. He is an accomplished public speaker and has appeared as a guest on tv and radio as an expert on mental health policy and mental illness and current affairs. He has edited two books, published in several scientific journals and given over 300 keynote speeches and lectures. Hobbies include jazz, classical music, opera and inspirational cooking.