Dr Emer MacSweeneyConsultant Neuroradiologist
Her previous posts include Director of Neuroradiology at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, St George’s Healthcare Trust and Managing Director at MedTel UK. Dr MacSweeney has a special interest in neuroradiology of cognitive impairment disorders with considerable experience in imaging of neurovascular diseases and traumatic brain injury.
Dr MacSweeney trained in neuroradiology at The Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen’s Square, specialising in interventional vascular neuroradiology, and spent time on a scholarship at Harvard University.
Dr Gianetta RandsConsultant Psychiatrist
She is experienced in completing complex assessments for patients with multiple mental and physical illnesses. An area of special interest is cognitive impairment which may be due to dementia, delirium, or brain injury. She regularly undertakes mental capacity assessments and medicolegal reports.
Throughout her career, she has had major roles in postgraduate training for doctors specialising in psychiatry. She managed a large training programme, was an examiner for The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a member of several of their committees.
She is an approved section 12 assessor for the Mental Health Act.
General Medical Council full registration since 1982; Specialist Register for General Psychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry (1992); Revalidated to September 2024
Medical Protection Society (from 1981)
Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (member from 1988, fellow from 2005)
British Medical Association (from 1981)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (2012)
Published papers / Media
Rands, Gianetta (2018) Women’s Voices in Psychiatry; A collection of Essays, Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-878548-4
Women in UK Psychiatry and Mental Health by Gianetta Rands, pages 137-151 in “Mind, State, and Society: Social History of Psychiatry and Mental Health in Britain 1960-2010” edited by George Ikkos & Nick Bouras (2021) published by Cambridge University Press
Rands G, McCabe T, Imray C (2020) Post-flight Confusion: does flying affect the brain? Special Paper. BJPsych International, 17.3, 1-4. Link to this article: http://ow.ly/G2fQ50EPkTm
RCPsychiatry Webinar “Where were the women?” February 2021.
RCPsych Webinar Helen Boyle; 27th May 2021 Link to this recording:
Podcast: Does Flying affect the brain?
Published June 2021. Link to this podcast: https://soundcloud.com/bjpsych/bji-2020-1
G.Rands and Orrell, M “Aspirin for Vascular Dementia” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; first published 2000, 4 reviews; PB: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; latest edition November 2012.
Dr Rands was educated at Oxford University and the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, London.
Throughout her career she has had major roles in postgraduate training, as Membership examiner, and on several Committees of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. These continue as she develops her private practice and medicolegal work.
M.A.(Oxon) PPP/Experimental Psychology, 1976
MB.BS. (Royal Free, London) 1981
DRCOG and JCC certificate, 1983
Dr Steven AllderConsultant Neurologist
Dr Allder’s main clinical focus is traumatic brain injury (TBI), and functional neurological disorders (FND). With respect to TBI, Dr Allder provides a clinical and medicolegal services for the assessment of patients with TBI across the whole spectrum of injury severity i.e moderate – severe to mild; and across diverse aetiologies of TBI i.e. civilian, sport’s and military.
Recognition Health, are completing a 4 years collaboration with the Aston Brain Centre looking at the clinical utility of Magnetoencephalography (MEG) in TBI, especially mTBI where MRI including DTI is normal. This has been a successful collaboration which will lead to the development of several improved diagnostic tools for mild TBI . The collaboration has also led to further projects across a wide spectrum of TBI aetiologies, engaging new partnerships with Nottingham University, Toronto Sick kids, and several commercial organisations.
Since 2020, Dr Allder and Recognition Health have developed a new primary academic collaboration with King’s College Hospital. This joint work is exploring two complementary areas. Firstly, the utility of more sophisticated MRI sequences to further enhance diagnostic and pathophysiological insights into mild TBI, especially sports related TBI. Secondly, we are exploring how deployment of state-of-the-art neuro-computational techniques can reveal the mechanisms underlying how structural injury from TBI creates the clinical profiles seen in these conditions. It is hoped this will lead to improved treatment strategies.
With respect to Functional Neurological Disorder Dr Allder has long standing interest and is a founding member of the FND Society. Dr Allder offers a clinical and medicolegal service for the assessment of patients with suspected FND. Dr Allder has a long-standing collaboration with Dr Leo Russell and Prof Allan Abbass, who are leading practitioners and researchers in a treatment modality for FND termed Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP). ISTDP is modality with a strong neuroscience rationale and empirical evidence base supporting its effectiveness. Dr Russell has recently joined Recognition Health and is working with Dr Allder to enhance our clinical offering for this patient group and extend research into the mechanisms by with this treatment modality creates improvements for patients
Allder, S and MacSweeney, E. Recent developments in Neuro-Imaging for Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Personal Injury Law (in Press)
Russell, L., Abbass, A., Allder, S A Review of the Treatment of Functional Neurological Disorder with Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Archives of Medical Psychology (submitted)
Allder S, Post Traumatic Pain – A Neurological Perspective. Pain News (in press)
Bigler & Allder Traumatic Brain Injury, Neural Networks and Neuroimaging: Practical Approaches for the Neurorehabilitation Clinician. NeuroRehabilitation (in press)
Bigler, E. D., & Allder, S. (2021). Neuroimaging in functional outcome. N.Y.: Springer.
Hall M, Allder S and Furlong P. Resting state and task induced oscillations in chronic post-concussion syndrome: A pilot study. 21st International Conference on Biomagnetism (BIOMAG), Philadelphia, PA, USA, August 26-30, 2018
Russell, L., Abbass, A., Allder, S. and Noborsky, R., Applying intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy to the treatment of medically unexplained symptoms: integrating theories of cause and theories of change, Archives of Medical Psychology, August 2017 (Volume 9, Issue 1), 1-24.
Russell, L.A., Abbass, A.A., Allder, S.J., A pilot study of reduction in healthcare costs following the application of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, Epilepsy & Behaviour 63 (2016) 17-19.
He trained in Nottingham in general medicine and carried out his specialist neurology training at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Allder’s main interests are the management of acute neurological emergencies, in particular cerebrovascular disease and traumatic brain injury. Dr Allder ran a general neurology outpatient practice during his NHS work and had specific sub-specialist interest in neuro-otology (assessment of dizzy patients), neurological pain syndromes and medically unexplained symptoms.
Dr Julius BourkeConsultant Neuropsychiatrist
Dr Julius Bourke is a consultant neuropsychiatrist and has a special interest in the assessment and management of neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, brain injury and concussion, depression, anxiety (including PTSD and OCD) and stress-related conditions.
He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of functional somatic and neurological disorders such as chronic fatigue and chronic pain syndromes, which lie at the interface between general medicine, surgery and psychiatry. He is frequently instructed in the provision of expert medicolegal opinion on psychiatric disorders, head injury and post-concussion syndromes. Dr Bourke is Clinical Senior Lecturer in neurophysiology and clinical psychiatry at Queen Mary University London. His specialist research interests are in the neurophysiology of chronic pain, the somatic syndromes and stress-related disorders.
He has given numerous talks and presentations on both a national and an international basis. Dr Bourke has been widely published on an array of field-related topics. He has co-authored a text book on psychiatry and has contributed chapters to numerous others, including for a world leading textbook on internal medicine and others on chronic pain, fatigue and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Dr John JanssenConsultant Neurologist
He set up a specialist emergency TIA service and been closely involved with the introduction and provision of stroke thrombolysis in West London in conjunction with the North West London Stroke and Cardiac Network. He received his FRCP in 2009. Dr Janssen was appointed service director for neurology and stroke in 2016 at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and leads an expanding and busy department of 15 consultants. He is a keen teacher of medical students and a GMC recognized trainer.
Dr Janssen specialist interests include headache, migraine, stroke, TIA, dementia, memory, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and general neurology.
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, Member of British Medical Association, Member of Association of British Neurologists
Published papers / Media
List to be curated
Dr John Janssen qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (one of the founding medical schools of Imperial College School of Medicine) and subsequently trained as a neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Royal Free Hospital.
He was a Research Fellow in the Dementia Research Group and was awarded his MD from The Institute of Neurology, University of London. As a senior registrar he was a Visiting Fellow to the Alzheimer Research Centre at The Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
Dr Karren TowgoodConsultant Neuropsychologist
Name: Karren Towgood
Languages spoken: English
Areas of Expertise (conditions):
I am a consultant neuropsychologist and my specialist field is adult clinical neuropsychology. This includes working with traumatic brain injury, brain tumpours, MS, encephalitis, meningitis, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, epilepsy, long-covid and other neurological conditions that present with cognitive, behaviour or mood symptoms.
Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (Distinction) – British Psychological Society (December 2014-October 2017)
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (Merit) – University of Glasgow (September 2015-September 2017)
Statement of Equivalence, Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University (Jan 2009 – Dec 2010)
UK conversion course to recognise New Zealand Clinical Psychology Qualifications.
Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology – University of Auckland, New Zealand (Feb 2000 – March 2004)
New Zealand Clinical Psychology Training.
PhD – University of Auckland, New Zealand (January 2000 – March 2003)
“The Neurological, Neuropsychological and Psychosocial Outcome of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysm Treatment”. Supervisor: Associate Professor Jenni Ogden.
BA Psychology (Honours – First Class) – Macquarie University, Australia (1995-1998)
Honours Thesis Topic:
“Memory Blocking: The Role of Attention and Controlled Processes in the Word Fragment Completion Task”. Supervisor: Dr Sachiko Kinoshita.
Lead Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist – Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Princes Royal Hospital (August 2012-Present). Job share position leading the neuropsychology department and Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust, conducting neuropsychological assessments and providing brief interventions for clients with a range of cognitive difficulties including dementia, stroke and head injury.
Clinical Psychologist – Re:Cognition Health (Sept 2011-Present). Part time, private consultancy work conducting neuropsychological assessments, clinical trials assessment, rehabilitation and therapy with clients with a range of cognitive difficulties including dementia, stroke and head injury.
Clinical Psychologist – Virgin Care Surrey (December 2013-January 2015). Part time work conducting psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment and psychological interventions with older adults presenting to inpatient stroke ward, inpatient complex older adults ward and to outpatient clinics.
Clinical Psychologist – Royal Hospital for Neurodisability (February 2013-November 2013). Part time work conducting psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment and psychological interventions with clients suffering from severe brain injury and their families.
Postdoctoral Research Worker – Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London (May 2009-Sept 2011). Co-ordinating and conducting a project investigating the validity and reproducibility of methods of assessing memory with fMRI, in patients with epilepsy.
Locum Psychologist – Neuro-rehabilitation Team, Lambeth Community Health (Oct 2010-Dec 2010). Part time locum position. Psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment and brief psychological interventions with clients within a neuro-rehabilitation team.
Postdoctoral Research Worker – Institute of Psychiatry, King College London (May 2007-May 2009). Co-ordinating and conducting a project investigating the cognitive, neuropsychiatric and structural brain changes associated with aging in people with HIV and age-matched non-HIV volunteers. This post also involved regular attendance and participation at the St Thomas’s Memory Disorders Clinic.
Postdoctoral Research Worker – Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, (June 2006-May 2007)
Conducted a project investigating the cognitive profile of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Also involved in a project investigating the neural basis of attention processing in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Private Contractor – Concussion Specialists, (January 2006-May 2006)
Conducted cognitive assessments and prepared assessment reports for clients of a mild traumatic brain injury concussion clinic.
Private Contractor – Neuron Pharmaceutical, (November 2005-May-2006)
Consulted on the development of research protocols with specific reference to aspects experimental design and neuropsychological assessment in clinical trials.
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Mental Health Services for Older People – Middlemore Hospital (2.5 days per week, March 2004-May-2006)
Psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment and treatment of clients from the Mental Health Services for Older People Unit, inpatient and outpatient services.
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation – Middlemore Hospital (2.5 days per week March 2004-May-2006)
Psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment and treatment of clients from the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation ward, inpatient and outpatient services.
Neuropsychology Locum, Auckland Hospital, Neurology Department (3 days per week, August-December 2002 – Part Time)
Conducted pre-surgery and post-surgery neuropsychological assessments for the epilepsy surgery programme. Regular attendance at the weekly epilepsy surgery multi-disciplinary planning team meeting and weekly neurology case review meeting.
I am a HCPC registered chartered clinical psychologist (Registration Number PYL26378), a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (Membership Number 146236), a member of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology and I am listed on the BPS Specialist Registrar for Clinical Neuropsychologists. In addition to my work with Re:Cognition Health I also currently work at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust, where I am a lead consultant neuropsychologist.
Published papers / Media:
Haynes, BI, Pitkanen, M, Kulasegaram, R, Casey, SJ, Schutte, M, Towgood, K, Peters, B, Baker, GJ, Kopelman, MD (2018). HIV: ageing, cognition and neuroimaging at 4-year follow-up. HIV Medicine.
Towgood, K., Barker, G., Caceres, A., Crum, B., Elwes, R., Costafreda, S., Mehta, M., Morris, R., von Oertzen, T. And Richardson, M. (2015). Bringing memory fMRI to the clinic: comparison of seven memory fMRI protocols in temporal lobe epilepsy. Human Brain Mapping.
Keller, S.S., O’Muirchetaigh, J., Traynor, C., Towgood, K., Barker, G.J., and Richardson, M.P. (2014). Thalamotemporal impairment in temporal lobe epilepsy: A combined MRI analysis of structure, integrity, and connectivity. Epilepsia, 2, 306-315.
Towgood, K. Pitkanen, M., Kulasegaram, R., Fradera, A., Kumar, A., Soni, S., Sibtain, N.A., Reed, L., Bradbeer, C., Barker, G.J., Dunn, J.T., Zelaya, F. and Kopelman, M.D (2013). Regional cerebral blood flow and FDG uptake in asymptomatic HIV-1 men. Human Brain Mapping, 10, 2484-2493.
Volle, E., Costello, A., Coates, L., Forbes, C., Towgood, K., Gilbert, S., Kinkingnehun, S., McNeil, J., Greenwood, R., Papps, B., van den Broeck, M. and Burges, P. (2012). Dissociation between verbal response initiation and suppression after prefrontal lesions. Cerebral Cortex, 22(10), 2428-2440.
Towgood, K. Pitkanen, M., Kulasegaram, R., Fradera, A., Kumar, A., Soni, S., Sibtain, N.A., Reed, L., Bradbeer, C., Barker, G.J., and Kopelman, M.D (2012). Mapping the brain in younger and older asymptomatic HIV-1 Men. Frontal volume changes in the absence of other cortical or diffusion tensor abnormalities. Cortex, 48(2), 230-241.
Towgood, K, Meuwese, J., Gilbert, S & Burgess, P (2009). Single Case Series Study of Neuropsychological Function in Adults with Asperger Syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 47, 2981-2988.
Gilbert, S., Meuwese, J., Towgood, K., Burgess, P. (2009). Abnormal functional specialisation within medial frontal cortex in high-functioning autism: A multi-voxel correlation approach. Brain, 132, 869-878.
Towgood, K., Ogden J. & Mee, E. (2005). Psychosocial effects of harbouring an untreated unruptured intracranial aneurysm. Neurosurgery, 57, 858-864.
Towgood, K., Ogden J. & Mee, E. (2005). Neurological, neuropsychological and psychosocial outcome following treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11, 522-534.
Towgood, K., Ogden J. & Mee, E. (2004). Neurological, neuropsychological and psychosocial outcome following treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms: a review and commentary. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 114-134.
Kinoshita, S. & Towgood, K. (2000). Effects of dividing attention on the memory-block effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 27(3), 889-895.
Dr Towgood was awarded her BPsych (1st Class Honours) from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia before completing her PhD and Clini-cal Psychology Training at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is an experienced researcher having completed post-doctoral posts with world leading experts at the ICN, University College London, and the IOP, Kings College London. Dr Towgood’s research interests include individual case study approaches to profiling neuropsychological conditions and assessment of memory using fMRI in neurological conditions. She has presented her work at a number of international conferences and in journal articles and has received awards for her research contributions.
Dr Dimitrios PaschosConsultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disabilities
He served on the board of medical and scientific charities and is currently President of the Hellenic Medical Society of the UK. He regularly teaches Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities to medical students at University College London. He is currently research collaborating investigator in a study of the genetics of learning disability and a clinical trial of a novel psychotropic medication.
Since 2008 he worked as Consultant Psychiatrist for the following organisations: South London & Maudsley NHS FT, The Cambian Group and Camden and Islington NHS FT. Dr Paschos currently works for the NHS part-time where he focuses on the mental health of adults with learning and developmental disabilities. He has a special interest in ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and the mental health of people with Learning Disability. He leads the Blue Sky Adult ADHD Clinic.
Dr Dimitrios Paschos completed his basic medical training in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He graduated in 1998 and started his specialist training as a psychiatrist in England in 1999. He trained at the South London and Maudsley. He gained experience in General Psychiatry, Old Age Psychiatry, Rehabilitation, Liaison Psychiatry, Substance Misuse, Learning Disabilities and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. During his training he worked at Lewisham, Lambeth, Maudsley, Royal Bethlem and Guy’s Hospitals.
Dr Paschos continued his higher specialist training (SpR) in South London and Maudsley and completed his specialisation in the Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities. This included training at the National Adult ADHD Centre at the Maudsley Hospital. He holds certificate of completion of specialist training (CCT) and is on the GMC specialist register.
Dr Maite FerrinConsultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Ferrin has been providing tailored medical treatments and non-pharmacological approaches including CBT and psychoeducation to these patients and their families.
Dr Ferrin has published more than 40 international peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of child psychiatry. She is part of the steering committee of the Continuum ADHD Project, an expert-led pan-European educational initiative in the ADHD field. Dr Ferrin is also one of the few UK members of the Eunethydis Group (European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders) and the European ADHD Guidelines Group (EAGG), independent international leading groups with special clinical and research interest in the ADHD/ADD field
Dr Ferrin graduated from University of Navarre (Spain) in 2001 and subsequently completed her training in General Psychiatry in Pamplona, Spain, and then undertook specialist fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Imperial College in London. In 2005-2006 Dr Ferrin completed her MSc training in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, King´s College London. In 2010 she completed her European PhD in Neurosciences at the University of Granada/King´s College London, and she was qualified with the prestigious Cum Laude (equivalent to Distinction grade). During these years Dr Ferrin continued working as CAMHS Consultant Psychiatry, specialising in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD/ASD and comorbid conditions throughout the lifespan.
Dr Ferrin is Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Brain and Behaviour Laboratory, at the University of Southampton
Dr Claudia WaldConsultant Psychiatrist
Dr Wald established the Westminster Memory Service in 2009 and the Kensington & Chelsea Memory Service in 2011 which have both repeatedly been nationally accredited with excellence by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and which were awarded The Royal College’s Older Adult Team of the Year in 2015.
She has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of cognitive disorders and the psychiatric and behavioural symptoms which commonly accompany these conditions. In addition, Dr Wald has extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and management of functional mental illnesses such as mood disorders and psychosis as well as capacity assessments.
Dr Wald gained dual accreditation in adult and older adult psychiatry from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1998 and has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults in Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust since 2003.
Dr Richard PerryConsultant Neurologist
He has been running memory clinics at Charing Cross Hospital in London since 2005 and specialises in early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Dr Perry completed his medical degree at the medical college of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1990. His specialist experience in memory disorders and dementia was gained in Cambridge from 1995 to 1999 and in San Francisco from 1999 to 2000.
Dr Alberto CifelliConsultant Neurologist
Dr Alberto Cifelli is a Consultant Neurologist at Queen’s Hospital in Romford and King George Hospital in Ilford.
He gained his doctorate in Clinical Neurology at the University of Oxford, undertaking research on multiple sclerosis.
Dr Cifelli carried out his specialist neurology training at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and previously was a Neurology Consultant at King’s College Hospital and Darent Valley Hospital.
Lisa HarrisSpeech and Language Therapist
Lisa provides detailed assessment of cognitive and communication disorders that can result from a stroke, head injury (TBI), Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, brain tumours, Alzheimers disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).Once an assessment is completed Lisa will work closely with a client looking not only at developing a suitable treatment plan, but how to support and enable the client and their family to communicate effectively and manage any cognitive difficulties such as memory or processing problems.
Lisa also provides a paediatric service alongside her neurological work which specialises in Language Processing Disorders (difficulty understanding and using language successfully). Lisa uses both the traditional paediatric forms of treatment and those developed from her cognitive, neuroscience background to develop strategies to enable children with language and cognitive difficulties to process and understand information more successfully.
Since graduating from City University in 1995 she has held several specialist posts in London NHS hospitals (St George’s Hospital; Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, London; Harrowlands and The Wolfson Medical Rehabilitation Centre) and has been head of department for two neurological rehabilitation units (Unsted Park Neurological Rehabilitation centre and The Brain Injury Centre, The Queen Elizabeth Foundation, Banstead.) She has also been a post graduate clinical tutor at The City University, London.
Dr Paul ButlerConsultant Neuroradiologist
Dr Butler first became a consultant neuroradiologist in January 1986. He has been director of imaging at King Edward VII Hospital, a private hospital in London, since 2004.
Dr Paul Butler graduated from Westminster in 1976.
Dr Stephen PearsonConsultant Psychiatrist
He describes these research trials as bringing hope to people with dementia, and offer an opportunity for patients and volunteers to get involved in research. He also offers a My Memory Service at the research centre for assessments of patients concerned about early memory problems.
Dr Pearson also works in NHS services in a memory clinic, and in local community services. He is the lead for the South West Peninsula Huntington’s Disease Clinic and offers advice and support to professionals and patients.
Dr Alakendu SekharConsultant Neurologist
Dr Sekhar is employed as Consultant Neurologist with Walton Centre NHS Foundation trust Liverpool for last 7 years. He is also visiting stroke neurologist at Aintree University NHS Foundation Trust and Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust. His day to day work mainly involves direct clinical care for all aspects of general neurology including stroke & epilepsy. He is the trust clinical lead for stroke thrombectomy service. His pioneering work was setting up the stroke thrombectomy service at Walton Centre which now serves the whole of the Cheshire & Merseyside.
He is the deputy lead for hyper acute stroke research centre (HSRC) at Cheshire & Merseyside which is NIHR funded. His research interest is in acute stroke treatments including thrombolysis and thrombectomy.
He serves on the stroke advisory group at association of British Neurology (ABN).
He is the regional advisor for Royal College of Physician Edinburgh and involved in promoting education and fellowship of the College.
He is the honorary senior lecturer for Liverpool Medical school and involved in medical student teaching.
Private & Medicolegal work
He is empanelled as medicolegal expert with Re-cognition Health 77 Wimpole Street, London and takes instruction for both clinical negligence and brain injury cases.
He is available to see medicolegal client on prior arrangements at London Clinics.
Dr Sekhar has privileges and rights at Spire Liverpool and Murrayfield hospitals for private clinical and medicolegal consultations.
He is on Medicolegal practice for last 5 years and has taken instructions from several law firms in the Country mainly on behalf of the claimant. His medicolegal interests are mainly around stroke and all aspect of vascular neurological injuries and he is now expanding on brain injury cases.
Dr Sekhar has completed his specialist training in Neurology & stroke in 2012 in Southwest of England. He has dual accreditation for Neurology & Stroke and is on general medical council specialist register.
He had extensive training in all aspect of neurology & stroke and is well published in the field.
He is the peer reviewer for several medical journals and was reviewer of the year for Elsevier publishing last year.
Dr Philip Paul NicholsConsultant Neurologist
In 2002 Dr Philip Paul Nichols was appointed as a Department of Health Clinician Scientist a post which ran concurrently with his appointment as Honorary Consultant Neurologist and Senior Lecturer in Neurology at the Department of Neurology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne & Institute of Cellular Medicine, The Medical School, Newcastle University, until 2013. During this appointment Dr Nichols ran a general neurology outpatient and inpatient pr actice as well as pursuing a sub-specialist interest in brain white matter disease, in particular, multiple sclerosis. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 2010.
Dr Nichols is currently working at Re:Cognition Health, using his clinical expertise to focus on the assessment of patients with traumatic brain injury.
Dr Nichols is a Consultant Neurologist. He qualified with first class honours from Newcastle University Medical School (1991) and trained in general medicine in London (MRCP 1994) before completing an MRC Clinical Research Fellowship at Oxford University (DPhil, St John’s 2001). He completed his specialist neurology training at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and on the Northern Deanery neurology rotation (Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust) gaining specialist registration in 2002.
Dr Valerie SuarezConsultant Psychologist
Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol, BSc (Hons), DPsych)
Dr Suarez is a chartered counselling psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
She has over seventeen years’ experience working across a range of NHS settings with adults presenting with a wide variety of difficulties (e.g. chronic illness, depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties). Her clinical experience and her doctoral training exposed her to a broad spectrum of therapeutic approaches, skills and tools. This enables her to tailor her interventions to best fit her clients’ individual concerns and needs.
Dr Suarez is a warm and skilled practitioner whose strength and passion lie in building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients, helping them feel safe enough to explore, identify and work with their difficulties.
Her special interest is in third-wave cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); namely mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural therapy (DBT), Compassion Focussed therapy (CFT) and schema therapy.
She is committed to continuous professional development (CPD) and has recently passed a random CPD audit by the HCPC
Dr Suarez was awarded a 1st class BSc(Hons) in Psychology and Counselling and a Practitioner Doctorate (PsychD) in Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology from the University of Surrey.
Dr Arianna MarconiConsultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Areas of Expertise (conditions)
Anxiety, Mood disorder, ADHD
GMC, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Published papers / Media
Ardizzone, I., Nardecchia, F., Marconi, A., Carratelli, T. I., & Ferrara, M. (2010). Antipsychotic medication in adolescents suffering from schizophrenia: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Psychopharmacol Bull, 43(2), 45-66.
Using antipsychotic medication for the treatment of schizophrenia in children and adolescents
M Ferrin, G Helen, M Arianna, MR Joseph – … International Association for , 2016 – iacapap.org
Proportion of patients in south London with first-episode psychosis attributable to use of high potency cannabis: a case-control study
M Di Forti, A Marconi, E Carra, S Fraietta, A Trotta – The Lancet …, 2015 – Elsevier
Meta-analysis of the association between the level of cannabis use and risk of psychosis
A Marconi, M Di Forti, CM Lewis… – Schizophrenia …, 2016 – academic.oup.com
Cannabis use has been reported to induce long-lasting psychotic disorders and a dose-response relationship has been observed. We performed a systematic review of studies that investigate the association between the degree of cannabis consumption and psychosis and Daily use, especially of high-potency cannabis, drives the earlier onset of psychosis in cannabis users
A Trotta, L Ferraro, SA Stilo, A Marconi- Schizophrenia …, 2014 – academic.oup.com
Obstetric complications and early-onset schizophrenia: a case-control study
I Ardizzone, A Marconi, F Nardecchia – Rivista di Psichiatria, 2009 – europepmc.org
Marconi, Arianna, and Ignazio Ardizzone. “Autobiographical delusion and subjectivation: problems in diagnosis and treatment during adolescence.”
Psychosis 4.1 (2012): 74-80.
Dr Marconi completed her medical training with distinction in one of the best universities in Italy, “La Sapienza” University of Rome. During her 5-year post-graduate program, she was awarded with an honorary placement where she completed a mixed research/clinical attachment at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College of London. In this context, she was involved in several European Research projects about gene-environment interplay in the etiology of psychosis.
Ifigeneia MourelatouAutism Practitioner & ESDM Specialist
Ifi specializes in early intervention & assessment of infants and toddlers presenting with ASD symptoms or/and developmental delays. She was the first to become certified in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in London and has completed the ESDM Parent Coaching Workshop. She has extensive experience in coaching, supervising, and supporting families of children with a number of different developmental difficulties and conditions.
Areas of Expertise (conditions or services):
- Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
- Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)
- Parent Coaching & Training
- ASD Assessment (ADOS-2, CARS-2, 3di)
- Early Childhood Development
BSc in Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, University College London
Published papers / Media:
- Mourelatou, I., Gaete, J., Fewings, S., Hickie, O., & Kyriakopoulos, M. (2019). What Was Helpful Questionnaire (WHQ): Psychometric Properties of a Novel Tool Designed to Capture Parental Perceived Helpfulness of Interventions in Children Requiring Mental Health Inpatient Care. Frontiers in psychiatry, 10, 80. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00080
Dr Thomas MacLarenConsultant Psychiatrist
He established a clinical network linking all dementia specialist consultants across the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. During the pandemic, he led the older people’s mental health service in Brent, working to support people experiencing a wide variety of mental health problems, with both in-person and remote consultation. In June 2020, Dr MacLaren took up a consultant psychiatrist role at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, supporting their Emergency Department and wards with mental health care for adults of all ages. He has worked with the hospital to improve support for people with alcohol use problems and confusion; in addition to quality improvement work with local mental health teams and research.
Areas of Expertise (conditions or services)
- Memory loss and dementia
- Mental capacity assessments
- Anxiety, depression and psychosis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex-PTSD
- Personality disorder
- Adult ADHD assessment
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; Certificate of Completion of Training; Section 12 approved Mental Health Specialist; Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Quality Improvement Coach with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Published papers / Media
- Maclaren T, Ahmed N and Edwards S. (2021), An online forum to support consultant psychiatrists in their first five years of practice, introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. European Journal of Psychiatry. doi: 10.1192/j.eurpsy.2021.1257.
- Shaw E, Catherine Adams C, Maclaren T and Brown F. (2020) PLAN standards and writing to patients: quality improvement by audit, BJPsych Open. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2021.589
- Sanatinia R, Afzal S, Maclaren T, McNulty A, Adele C, Morah A and Crawford M, (2019), Improved mental health among LABILE study participants: A qualitative exploration: Exploring improved mental health in LABILE study. Personality and Mental Health 13: 75–83
- MacLaren T, Warner J. (2016) Will the journal club survive? BJPsych Advances. Commentary On… Are Journal Clubs Useful In Teaching Psychiatry? BJPsych Advances, 22 (3) 211-212; DOI: 10.1192/apt.bp.115.015479.
- MacLaren T (2016), On-line module updated for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Continuing Professional Development, Quickbite: Suicide in the elderly, [On-line, available from: http://www.psychiatrycpd.co.uk/learningmodules/quickbitesuicideintheelde.aspx].
- MacLaren T, Townell J, Shanmugham S, Argent V, De Ridder L, Venkataraman A, Clarke M, and Khwaja M. (2016) Knowledge of patients’ voting rights amongst mental health professionals working in the London Borough of Westminster during the 2015 UK general election. European Psychiatry 33: 450 [On-line] Available from DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.01.1637.
- Townell J, MacLaren T, Argent V, De Ridder L, Shanmugham S, Venkataraman A, Clarke M, and Khwaja M. (2016) Knowledge and uptake of voting rights by adults with mental illness living in supported accommodation in Westminster (London) during the 2015 UK general election. European Psychiatry 33: 453 – 454. [On-line] Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.01.1649
- Townell J, MacLaren T, De Ridder L, Shanmugham S, Argent V, Venkataraman A, Clarke M, and Khwaja M. (2016) Knowledge and uptake of voting rights by psychiatric inpatients in Westminster, London during the 2015 UK general election. European Psychiatry 33: 454. [On-line] Available from DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.01.1650.
- MacLaren T and Warner J (2015) Spotting the difference: Mental Health Issues In Older Patients. General Medical Council Viewpoints, [On-line, available from: http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/26099.asp]
- Crawford M, MacLaren T, Reilly G. (2014) Are mood stabilisers helpful in treatment of borderline personality disorder? British Medical Journal; 349: g5378
Dr MacLaren began his career in psychiatry at St Thomas’ Hospital and completed his training in the St Mary’s Hospital Scheme, North West London. He became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2013 and entered the Specialist Register in 2017. He has completed a Master’s Degree in Education at Imperial College London and uses these skills to develop training in mental health to healthcare professionals, trainee Psychiatrists, volunteers and carers supporting people with mental illness.
Dr Stefania BrunoConsultant Neuropsychiatrist
Dr Stefania Bruno is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist with extensive experience in cognitive disorders, acquired brain injuries and movement disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome). As well as working for Re:cognition Health, she is Lead Clinician and Medical Director of a NHSE-funded tertiary care neuro-rehabilitation service for patients with acquired brain injuries (trauma, encephalitis, stroke, hypoxic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, etc) and she is a member of the Pan London specialist rehabilitation collaborative.
Her research has focused on the application of advanced neuroimaging techniques to the study of cognitive deficits in mood disorders and to the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. She has a visiting appointment at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King’s College London). She has written over forty peer-reviewed articles and co-authored two book chapters in neuroimaging books and a chapter of the Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry.
Dr Bruno obtained a first-class medical degree with honours in 1995 with a thesis on cognitive functions of the cerebellum. She carried out her post-graduate education at University College London (UCL) and at the Maudsley Hospital. Throughout her post-graduate training, and as a clinical research fellow, she spent over a decade at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, where she acquired a very robust experience in the diagnosis and management of most neuropsychiatric disorders. She also held a previous consultant post at the Burden Centre in Bristol, where she acquired a lot of experience in sleep disorders and epilepsy.
She has a PhD in advanced neuroimaging from the Institute of Neurology (UCL) with a thesis with title: “Magnetisation transfer imaging, diffusion tensor imaging and voxel-based morphometry in bipolar disorder”.
Dr. Alzbeta KarlikovaConsultant Psychiatrist
Areas of Expertise (conditions)
All types of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety and depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ASD, ADHD, emerging personality disorder and attachment difficulties.
- Completed training in Core Psychiatry in East London Foundation Trust, London.
- Completed higher speciality training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tavistock and Portman.
- Has been appointed Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in NHS
Alzbeta is currently a research associate with Centre for Understanding of Personality Disorder, a joint research programme of DeanCross Personality Disorder Service, East London Foundation NHS Trust and the Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry Queen Mary University and Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University
Published papers / Media
Co-author of Transition from child and adolescent MHS to adult MHS: what happens to young people with personality disorder? Published online by Cambridge University Press: 18 June 2021
- Charles University, First Faculty of Medicine Prague
- Certificate of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics at Birkbeck College, University of London
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatry, Cardiff University
- Foundation Certificate in Systemic approaches in working with individuals and families, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Barbara BlancoClinical Psychologist
She has eleven years of experience working with people within clinical and educational settings. Seven of those years as a Clinical Psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults. She currently works in the NHS.
Areas of Expertise (conditions)
Barbara’s main areas of expertise include parenting, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety, depression and challenging behaviour.
Master’s degree in psychology childhood and youth – Spanish Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Clinical Psychology European Society of Psychology (AEPCCC).
Degree in psychology health psychology and treatment of mental and behavioural disorders.
Dr Ben MarlowConsultant Paediatrician
He has a keen interest in the neurobiology and genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, especially the fields of neuroimmunology, metabolism and the microbiome. He is very keen to help advocate and advance the translation of science into treatments for children with neurodisabling conditions, particularly within the field of Autism.
Dr Marlow also has a keen interest in teaching and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME). He is an Associate Clinical Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford)
Memberships and Editorial Boards
Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, British Association of Childhood Disability (BACD) and British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA).
Ben is a regular writer for the publication ‘Autism Eye’.
Dr Marlow completed his medical training at University College London (UCL). Prior to his role as a doctor, he completed a Masters in Biochemistry and worked for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and UCB Pharma in Research and Development. He also completed a research fellowship at the University of Florida.
Marilyn GullandConsultant Psychologist
Languages spoken: English
Areas of Expertise (conditions): Anxiety, Depression & Treatment resistant
depression, Functional Neurological Disorders; Medically Unexplained
Symptoms, OCD Behaviours
- Diploma in integrative therapeutic counselling
- 3 year core training in intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP)
- Advanced training in ISTDP (ongoing)
- Career History: Over six years of experience working one-one
Associations: BACP, IEDTA
Dr Mphala MogudiConsultant Psychiatrist
Name: Mphala Mogudi
Title: Dr (BSc, MBchB, MPH, FcPsych)
Languages spoken: English; Sotho
Areas of Expertise (conditions): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety and depression.
2010 Postgraduate Certificate in senior management, Open University Business School, UK
1997 FcPsych (South Africa)
Fellowship in Psychiatry, South African College of Medicine: Sub specialty – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
1988 MPH – Master’s Degree in Public Health
Harvard University, School of Public health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Focus on Health Education and Community Development
1985 MBchB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery)
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Received class prize for Community Paediatrics
1980 BSc Degree: Biology (Major) Psychology (Minor)
Brown University, Rhode Island, USA
Career History: Dr Mogudi has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the UK since 2006, both within the NHS and in the private sector, in inpatient and outpatient settings. She led a multidisciplinary team on a psychiatric intensive care unit assessing and treating young people suffering from severe mental health conditions. She is a medical appraiser of doctors in all specialities and grades. She is an expert witness in Child and Adolescent psychiatry medicolegal cases.
GMC (General Medical Council) -on specialist register
RcPsych (Royal college of Psychiatrists)
ACAMH (the association of child and adolescents Mental Health)
IACAPAP (International association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions)
Publications and Conference Presentations:
1. Riley B; Mogudi M; Jenkins T; Williamson R, American Journal of Medial Genetics (Neuro Psychiatric Genetics) 67:515-522 (1996). No evidence of linkage of chromosome 22 markers to Schizophrenia in Southern African Bantu speaking families.
2. Mogudi M. From chaos to order in family life; lessons from Southern Africa. Keynote address; conference proceedings. International commission on marriage and family life. May 2000, Berlin, Germany
3. Mogudi-Carter. Challenges experienced by a therapist working with multi-cultural families: case studies. Keynote address June 2001. International Association for Counselling – annual conference, Lonavla, India. International Journal for the advancement of Counselling, 23:237-243. 2001
Shikainah ChampionEMDR/CBT/Couples Therapist
Name: Shikainah Champion
Title: Consultant Psychological Therapist
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Urdu and Tamil
Areas of Expertise (conditions):
PTSD, Anxiety, Trauma-type symptoms, OCD, Specific phobias, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social phobia, Health anxiety, Panic disorder and Agoraphobia, Depression, Depression in context of Long -Term Conditions (LTC), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Bulimia nervosa (BN) or Binge-eating
Main therapy models used: EMDR, Imagery Rescripting (IR) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Group therapy to treat depression, anxiety, social phobia and OCD has been proven to be effective. Some advantages of engaging in group work are group cohesion due to shared experiences, interpersonal learning and group members learning to be co-therapists
Main therapy model: CBT and EMDR
Behavioural Couples therapy (BCT)
The therapy has shown to be an effective treatment when a person’s physical or mental health issues impact their relationship with their significant other. Additionally, if there are issues in the relationship that are contributing to or maintaining someone’s depression, this is also an indication that BCT could be appropriate.
Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT) is a type of therapy where a couple is taught certain skills on communication, joint decision-making, problem-solving etc. so that difficult conversations can be had without it escalating into conflict. An additional component of BCT is something called Sensate Focus which particularly is for those couples where sexual intimacy has become minimal or non-existent.
Main therapy model: Behavioural Couples Therapy
- Post Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Couples Therapy (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
- Eye Movement Densitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 3 (EMDR Academy, UK)
- Masters in Clinical Psychology (University of Pune, India). University first rank and recipient of The Chancellor’s gold medal
- Post Graduate Diploma in Children, Youth & Development (Institute of Social Studies, Den Haag, The Netherlands)
- Bachelors in Psychology (University of Madras, India)
Shikainah is a psychological therapist. She works privately and with the NHS in a London-based Primary Care psychological therapies service; where she has been for the last 12 years. Prior to this, for around 10 years, she worked in India in both grass root level charities as well as a training organisation for the third sector.
Her core training is in Clinical Psychology and later in the UK, she specialised in evidence-based therapies like CBT, EMDR, Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT) and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). She treats clients who present with Depression, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, OCD, Specific Phobias, GAD, Health Anxiety, Social phobia, Panic & Agoraphobia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Bulimia nervosa.
Additionally, she supervises trainee psychologists in her NHS Service; having done her Supervisory training from University College London (UCL) and Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL). She also offers regular workshops for various staff groups across the UK on how to deliver culturally responsive therapy and advises NHS Boards on Diversity in Decision-Making.
Alongside her clinical work, she also leads on projects to make inroads into hard-to-reach Asian ethnic minority communities in certain pockets of London. Essentially, she has been instrumental in designing and delivering bespoke trauma-focussed interventions for Refugees and Asylum seekers like the Sri Lankan Tamil community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community etc. The clinics she helped establish in their communities have now been cited as an example of best practice in the British Psychological Society (BPS) manual for Community Psychologists.
When she’s not working, she can be found savouring a good book with a cup of Earl Grey tea in hand; occasionally trying her hand at writing too.
- Fully accredited practitioner of the British Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) www.babcp.com
- Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) www.rsm.ac.uk
- Member of EMDR Association UK
Published papers / Media:
A selection of publications and presentations
- Guidance for psychologists on working with community organisations (Sep 2018).PDF (bps.org.uk)
- Invited to present at BABCP International Conference in Manchester (Jul 2017) Co-Production: Culturally Adapted CBT Group for Tamil refugees and asylum seekers in South-West London
- Champion Samuel, S. ‘Role of Indigenous Folk Arts in fostering mental and emotional health in children’. Presented at XIV Congress of the International Family Therapy Association at Reykjavik, Iceland (Oct 2006)
- Champion, S, ‘Innovative use of dance and movement therapy to teach specific skills in learning disabled children’. 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China, (mimeo) Aug 2004.
- Champion, S, ‘Type A behaviour pattern and Triguna in Coronary Heart Disease’, Presented at 27th International Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden. Jul 2000.
Dr. Sylvia Baker MBBS, BSc, MSc, MRCpsychChild Psychiatrist
Languages spoken: English
Areas of Expertise (conditions): All types of psychiatric conditions in Childhood and adolescence period , including anxiety and depression, Autism diagnosis particularly in females, ADHD. Wide scope of knowledge in other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Tic disorders. Special interest and expertise in all eating disorders in children and adults. Can diagnosis Adult ADHD in over 18s.
- Medical degree ( MBBS): University College London and Royal free Medical School 2006
- Bachelor of science ( BSC in Medical Humanities): University College London 2003
- Post Graduate Examinations for Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) 2012
- Masters Degree in Psychiatry and psychological medicine (MSc) -Achieved overall Merit with Distinction in research: Cardiff University 2014
- Certificate in Completion of Training in Psychiatry ( Consultant Higher Specialty Training recognised by GMC) with specialism in Child and Adolescent Mental health 2017 ( Wales Deanery)
- Psychological training in Cognitive Behavioural Training (CBT) for children with anxiety/depression/Anorexia/Bulimia. Dialectical behavioural therapy training in distress tolerance in adolescents. ( Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)
- General Medicine and surgical employment rotations at Royal United Hospital, Bath 2007 & Lister hospital, Stevenage from 2007-2009
- General Adult Psychiatry training at Cardiff hospitals rotation 2009-2012
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) employment and specialty training at Cardiff and South Wales Training Scheme 2012-2017
- Worked as NHS consultant In Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Tonteg Child & Family centre 2017-2020
- Consultant Psychiatrist for Inpatient Specialist Eating Disorder Unit at Priory Hospital, Bristol 2020-2022
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales & Welsh Psychiatric Society Poster Prize 2011 ( 2nd place): Audit of Diagnostic Pathways in Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in CAMHS Cardiff.
Dr Anthony FafioluConsultant Psychiatrist
Areas of Expertise (conditions): Assessment of all types of General Psychiatric and Intellectual Disability (Neurodevelopmental) conditions across the life span including anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, traumas, stress related disorders, adjustment disorder, emotional and behavioural issues, personality disorders, substance misuse, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Dr Fafiolu started working as a visiting consultant psychiatrist for private working age adults aged 18 – 65yrs at Priory Bristol Hospital since January 2022 to date with both outpatient and inpatient responsibilities. He previously worked as a locum inpatient general adult psychiatrist on an acute male ward at Priory Bristol from November 2020 to July 2022. Dr Fafiolu also worked as a locum inpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist on a Priory Bristol Hospital General Adolescent Unit (GAU) ward from May 2020 to September 2020.
He has over 25yrs experience in Psychiatry which includes the assessment and management of psychiatric presentations in young people and adults.
Dr Fafiolu obtained his primary medical qualification of MB BS from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1988. He started postgraduate training in Internal Medicine in the United Kingdom in 1995 and commenced the Guys’ and St. Thomas’ psychiatric training rotation in February 1997. These led to membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1998 and membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 2000 respectively.
Dr Fafiolu completed his higher specialist (specialist registrar) training in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry in Bristol from 2000 to 2003.
From November 2003, Dr Fafiolu has worked at consultant level with varied experience in the psychiatric disciplines of Intellectual Disability Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Adult Psychiatry.
Dr Fafiolu is fully registered and on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council with Registration number 4459017.
Primary Medical Degree (MBBS): University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria 1988
Postgraduate Qualification (MRCP): Royal College of Physicians United Kingdom 1998
Postgraduate Qualification (MRCPsych): Royal College of Psychiatrists 2000
Specialist Qualification (CCST-ID Psychiatry): Royal College of Psychiatrists 2003
Dr Sara FenuGeriatric Psychiatrist / Geriatrician
Dr Sara Fenu is an Italian Consultant Geriatrician with a broad experience in Cognitive Disorders, Dementia and Geriatric Psychiatry. She has worked as a Consultant Geriatrician for many years in a Neurorehabilitation ward and Centre for Cognitive Disorders whilst in Italy.
Dr Fenu is currently working as an Old Age Psychiatrist within the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Memory Service, a specialist service for people of any age who are experiencing cognitive difficulties.
Areas of Expertise (conditions):
● Cognitive disorder in patients younger and older than 65 with complex comorbidities/ polytherapy and frailty.
● All types of cognitive impairment.
● Mild Cognitive Impairment
● Alzheimer’s dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Alcohol Related Brain Damage, Dementia in Parkinson’s disease and other parkinsonism.
● Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
● Anxiety and Depression in the Elderly
● Sleep disorders
•Doctor of Medicine, Medical Diploma of Medicine, July 2007 Sassari University, Italy
• Geriatric Medicine Training, from Feb 2008 to October 2010 University of Sassari and further Geriatric Medicine Training with a focus on Cognitive and Behavioural symptoms in the elderly, from October 2010 to April 2012 at the Centre for Cognitive Diseases, Sant’Agostino Estense Hospital and Baggiovara Hospital, University of Modena
• Specialisation in Geriatric Medicine, April 2012
• Master’s Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and Neuropsychiatry of Adults and Elderly at the Lumsa University, Rome, Italy
• Master’s Degree in Interface of geriatric medicine and directorship of health & social services in nursing homes and community (Pavia University, Italy) with a project focused on the Experimental Model of a Dementia Special Care Unit based on Psychosocial Intervention
• Diploma, Feb 2017 Multisensory Approach (Snoezelen) for the well-being of people with dementia Dementia studies & person-centred care studies (PCC) Focos Argento, Como, Italy
• Diploma, Oct 2017 Basic User of Dementia Care Mapping University of Bradford, Dementia Studies, Professor Silvia Faggian
• Diploma, Dec 2016 Theoretical and Practical Advance Training in Neuropsychological Testing Alexander Lurija, Neuroscience Institute, Torino, Italy
• Member of the British Geriatric Society
• Member of the British Association for Psychopharmacology
Dr Nik BhandariNeuro Psychiatrist
Dr Bhandari works in assessing and treating Neurocognitive disorders such as various types of Dementia and Delirium.
The types of Neuropsychiatric illnesses treated include psychiatric sequelae of head injury, Stroke, Huntington’s disease, Alcohol Related Brain Damage and Parkinson’s Psychosis. He also treats functional mental health disorders in later life, such as Depression, Anxiety, and Psychosis (including schizophrenia and paraphrenia).
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Punjabi
Dec 2014 MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry, University of Birmingham, UK.
Aug 2014 Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), Old Age Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.
Aug 2014 Approved Clinician, Mental Health Act 1983 (England) (Renewed 2018) South-West Division, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.
Aug 2014 DoLS Mental Health Assessor (Renewed yearly) Mental Capacity Act 2005
Jul 2008 Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.
Dec 2001 MBBS, Government Medical College, Amritsar, India. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India.
Sep 22 onwards Locum Consultant Psychiatrist for Old Age Services, Avon Wiltshire NHS Trust, UK.
Mar 15 – Sep 22 Consultant Psychiatrist for Old Age Services, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
Dec 14 – Feb 15 Locum Consultant Psychiatrist for Old Age Services, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, UK.
Aug 11 – Oct 14 Psychiatry Registrar, Specialist Training in Old Age Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.
Apr 09 – Jul 11 Specialty Doctor, Old Age Psychiatry.
Oct 04 – Feb 09 Psychiatry Registrar, Core Specialist Training, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK
Jul 03 – Feb 04 House Officer, General Surgery, DMC Hospital, Ludhiana, India.
Jan 02 – Dec 02 Internship (Foundation years), Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India.
Aug 2020 – Sep 21 Chief Investigator for a Phase II multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) looking into the efficacy and safety of a Disease Modifying Treatment (DMT) for Alzheimer’s disease.
2019 – Sep 21 Principal Investigator for two Phase III multicentre trials for a monoclonal antibody based DMT for Alzheimer’s disease.
2017 – 2019 Principal Investigator for a Phase III multicentre RCT looking into an IV infusion based DMT for Alzheimer’s disease.
2014 – 2015 Led Cochrane project on Pharmacological management of Frontotemporal Dementia. The systematic review had to be abandoned after the initial approval of the project due to time resource issues.
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK