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Long-serving doctor retires after working in Boston and Spalding for 22 years

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One of the longest standing doctors with local mental health and learning disability services retired at the end of July.

Following 22 years of service, Dr Kuthethoor Sudhakar Shetty, Staff Grade Psychiatrist at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) has stood-down and will reunite with his family in the USA.

Dr Shetty came to the UK in 1978 and started practising in orthopaedics at St George’s Hospital in Lincoln. He worked in numerous hospitals in Lincolnshire before moving to Virginia, USA in 1993 with his family to embark on a career in psychiatry. However the working practices in the USA proved to be very stressful and after consulting with his family, Dr Shetty decided to return to the UK to continue his career as a psychiatrist.

“I returned to Lincolnshire in 1995 without my family, which was a very hard decision for me to make and at times I found this very stressful. I have had to sacrifice a few things in my life but I have had a wonderful journey with the NHS working in Boston and Spalding,” said Dr Shetty.

“I am very humbled by all the support I have received over the years. I have seen many changes within the NHS during my career and hope the mental health services will continue to prosper for many years to come offering our patients the care and treatment they so deserve. I would definitely encourage people to think about careers in psychiatry and without hesitation, I would recommend LPFT as a place of work.

I would like to thank all my colleagues, nurses, doctors, consultants, secretaries, receptionists and medical HR team that I have had the pleasure to work with over the years, who have always been fully supportive and helpful. I would especially like to thank my colleagues Kay Gilman, Rachel Shields, Sandra O’Sullivan and Victoria Baldock in HR who have offered me great support and guidance.

Dr Sue Elcock, Medical Director at LPFT said: “Dr Shetty will be greatly missed by those who have received his care and many colleagues who have worked with him over the years. I’d like to thank him for his commitment to mental health services and wish him all the very best for the future.”

As he retires and transitions into a new chapter in his life, Dr Shetty will embrace family life in America with his wife, two daughters and their families.