Launching our new Supervision Service
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Supervision Service.
Expert in Mind is committed to supporting our Experts, and to continuous quality improvement. In consequence, we have created a panel of senior Experts who are pleased to offer supervision to all members of our Expert Witness panel.
Supervision does not stop on qualification and is a valued resource throughout the career of healthcare professionals. Equally, we recognise that starting a medicolegal practice can be daunting for new Experts, however clinically experienced they are. The supervisor is there to share their experience, decision making and interpretation with the supervisee's observations, experiences and information gathering.
It is expected that our experts will engage in CPD which is relevant to their work as an expert witness. In addition, we encourage all our experts to engage in regular supervision with a colleague of similar or greater experience.
Supervision is a confidential process between the supervisor and supervisee. It can be offered monthly and is conducted remotely. Alternatively, supervision can be offered where advice and mentoring are required in relation to an individual case or report. Any cases discussed are anonymised and we encourage our supervisors to use the Case Based Discussion framework. Reports and the opinions contained therein must remain the opinion of the instructed Expert, supervision is there as an assistance tool only.
Payment for supervision is arranged directly between the supervisor and the supervisee. Expert in Mind are here to facilitate the service, provide recommendations and arrange introductions to the appropriate supervisor.
About Dr Paul McLaren
Dr Paul McLaren is a General Adult Psychiatrist and Medical Director of The Priory Hayes Grove. He is also Lead Consultant to the Addictions Treatment Programme at the Priory Hayes grove. He has held a senior lecturer appointment in psychiatry at Kings College, London. He has been a Medical Director in the private sector for over 15 years.
Dr McLaren is experienced in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of psychiatric disorders. He has extensive medico-legal experience in personal injury cases and in particular post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological disorders complicating physical injury, and the assessment of the effects of historical physical and sexual abuse in childhood.
Dr McLaren has been instructed in a range of clinical negligence cases, particularly the assessment of causation, condition and prognosis. Dr McLaren has undertaken many psychiatric assessments for the Irish Redress Board and historic sex abuse in institutions.
He is a longstanding member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the UK EMDR association. He has a special clinical interest in the treatment of psychological trauma and Substance Misuse. His main research interest is Telepsychiatry in which he has published widely.
About Professor Chris Fox
Dr Fox is a Professor in Clinical Psychiatry with many years experience in old age and general adult psychiatry. He has been involved in a large number of civilian and military trauma assessments including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addictions and, in the past, provided Forensic cover for a military prison.
Dr Fox is experienced in medico-legal work and has undertaken assessments and reports for a number of solicitors as well as the Ministry of Defence. His current areas of research include problems with alcohol and aggression and aspects of challenging behaviour in older persons.
Dr Fox is a member of the national clinical studies group prioritising national research strategy in primary care and neuro-degeneration and providing input to national guideline strategies He has recently been appointed reader in Psychiatry at Norwich Medical School.
Dr Fox is a supervisor of medical and nursing staff in clinical care. He has been an advisor to NHS organisations on medico-legal matters. He supervises undergraduate and post graduate researchers.
About Dr Elizabeth Kenyon
Dr Kenyon has worked as a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist for over 25 years, initially in the NHS in the North West and then the South East and currently in independent practice. She completed her higher specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry in Oxford where she worked in the specialist in-patient Family Unit at the Park Hospital.
Dr Kenyon's clinical areas of interest include the assessment and management of Neurodevelopment Disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and the impact of trauma on children and young people. She has worked extensively as an Expert Witness and has considerable expertise in the psychiatric aspects of child abuse and personal injury cases relating to children and young people.
Dr Kenyon has experience in the supervision of colleagues and other professional groups over the course of many years of clinical work offering an opportunity to reflect on and discuss a variety of clinical problems and conundrums.
About Dr Laura Pipon-Young
Dr Laura Pipon-Young is a chartered clinical psychologist who qualified in 2008 from Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University. She has previously worked within the NHS primarily in forensic women's services and personality disorder services. She was also the Lead Psychologist for a Local Authority family assessment team up until 2018 when she left the NHS to work in private practice. Laura specialises in the assessment of adults and in preparing reports for the family and criminal courts as well as some personal injury cases. She has completed over 300 reports to date and has appeared in court many times.
Laura has previously supervised and managed teams of psychological therapists across two inpatient hospital sites and provided consultation to both multidisciplinary teams and wider services. She can offer supervision to those starting out as expert witnesses as well as more experienced clinicians. Her theoretical interests and specialisms include mentalisation based approaches, attachment theory, personality disorder, autism spectrum disorders, PTSD, complex trauma, DBT and CAT. Laura also completes many cognitive assessments for the courts and can advise on some areas of neuropsychology and psychometric testing.
About Dr. Tim Green
Qualifications, positions and posts held
Dr Green is a Chartered Consultant Clinical, Forensic and Neuro-Psychologist. He currently holds the posts of Honorary Lecturer and Researcher in the Psychology Department at Kings College London and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences in London, where he teaches and supervises trainee Psychologists. Additionally, he runs a thriving assessment and treatment practice, is Clinical Director of GPR with several junior colleagues under his supervision.
Previously, he has been appointed as Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies for The Dene and Pelham Woods hospitals, which are part of the Partnerships in Care group. These hospitals provide secure unit care for male and female Mentally Disordered Offenders. Previously he worked at Oakview Hospital for Adolescents with behavioural and mental health difficulties. He was previously for several years, employed as Professional Head of Psychological and Talking Therapies in Forensic Services and Neuropsychiatry/Developmental Disorders of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Green regularly completes assessment for a wide variety of criminal court maters, including sexual offending, Suggestibility/Duress, Capacity and fitness, fraud and violence including many examples of give evidence in murder trials including several terrorism cases over the years. He also provides expertise in assessments and recommendations to probation services, parole hearings and mental health review tribunals and has taken a role in enquiries following deaths in custody and homicides committed by those who were under the care of mental health services.
Dr. Green has provide assessments for family court for almost 20 years now, covering matters of capacity/cognitive and neuropsychological functioning, parenting assessments, risk assessments, child protection, and has a long history of working alongside social services in care proceedings.
Dr. Green- has almost 25 years experience of assessing and treating mentally disordered offenders in addition to commenting upon psychological issues pertinent to offending for Court purposes. He has many years of experience in assessing and treating sex offenders with and without formal mental disorder.
Dr. Green’s experience as Professional Head at the Maudsley has given him a national service experience of assessing and treating neuropsychological issues of head injury and organic brain injury as well as expertise in the assessment and management of developmental disabilities including further professional training in the use of assessment of cognitive difficulties and Autistic Spectrum disorder including the use of the ADOS-2 and the ADI-R.
Dr Green also has several years' experience in the assessment and treatment of individuals who have suffered extreme trauma and has conducted assessments in matters of criminal injuries compensation and asylum. He has extensive experience preparing reports for a number of different Courts, both civil and criminal, including immigration tribunals. Having been instructed by both the defence and prosecution, he conducts Court assessments around 120 times per year and has appeared to give evidence many times.
Dr Green also has worked in the field of Personal Injury, providing both assessments in Court contexts and treatment services, with particular specialism in neuro-psychological rehabilitation and treatment of Trauma/PTSD.
Experience in Industry
He has worked for many years providing psychological services, advice and interventions in private companies, including providing executive coaching services, away days, change management consultations. He also provides assessment and treatment for individuals referred via Human Resources, particularly in the finance sector, with interventions and Barclays Capital, State Street, and Deutsche Bank, INEX among others.
Dr. Green has worked with the Police Service both in offering advice and in training of CID officers in how to achieve best evidence with improved interviewing techniques to assist in the detection of major crimes.
He has, over many years, been involved in pro bono work and has conducted assessments of inmates on death row in the Caribbean in cases of appeal before the Privy Council. He is a Trustee of a charity in Northern Ireland promoting inter-faith dialogue and providing protection to refugees in Tibet and Mongolia, as well as those in exile.
He is published in the area of psychological assessment and treatment of offenders, development of psychometric assessment and recovery focused treatment.
Dr. Green has appeared on Radio and Television, most significantly on a BBC Horizon documentary running an experiment examining the effect of isolation on mental health.
Dr Roz Halari
Consultant Clinical (Neuro)Psychologist, Children & Adolescent Psychologist, Adult Psychologist and Hon. Senior Lecturer Kings College, London
About Dr Roz Halari
Dr Halari works as a chartered Consultant Clinical (Neuro)Psychologist both in the NHS and in the independent (private) sector. She specialises in assessing and treating psychiatric/(neuro)psychological and developmental disorders, including ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s) in adolescents, adults and older adults.
She specializes in neuropsychological assessments, psychological, personality, disability, diagnostic, psychometric and risk assessments. In addition to her work as a clinician, Dr Halari has been an honorary lecturer at Imperial College London and a research fellow at Imperial and The Institute of Psychiatry, London. She has published widely in peer reviewed journals in the field of psychology and psychiatry.
Dr Halari has experience of providing medico-legal reports in disability, personal injury, capacity, accident trauma, PTSD, anxiety, acquired brain injury in adults following road traffic accidents, assaults depression, (neuro)psychological rehabilitation, work related stress, occupational injury, effects of medical negligence, immigration, family law cases, and disability discrimination.
Dr Halari has clinical experience in and is able to provide supervision in the areas of CBT, Schema focussed work, DBT informed therapy, neuropsychological assessments and rehabilitation and assessments of neurodevelopmental disorders. She works with a range of clinical presentations including; depression, anxiety (including PTSD, OCD), bipolar disorder, personality disorders, ASD, ADHD.
About Dr Walter Busuttil
Dr Walter Busuttil has a long and distinguished career in diagnosing and treating PTSD across the breath of military and civilian populations. He has held the position of Medical Director of Combat Stress for 12 years, following his original psychiatry training and career with the RAF. He was formerly part of the management team for the Traumatic Stress Service at the Priory Ticehurst Hospital. He has been a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies since 1992. He was a member of the UK Trauma Group from 1998 and was then Chair of the UKTG for five years until 2013. He was also a Founder Board Member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society between 2010 and 2013.
Dr Busuttil graduated in Medicine from the University of Manchester in 1983. He served in the Medical Branch of the Royal Air Force for 16 years. He was appointed a consultant psychiatrist in 1994. Prior to this in 1988 he qualified as a Principal in General Practice. In the RAF he was part of the team that helped rehabilitate the Beirut Hostages and combatants from the first Gulf War. Between 1997 and 2004 he set up and led a tertiary referral service for sufferers of complex presentations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder including adult survivors of sexual abuse at the Priory Ticehurst House Hospital in East Sussex. He was then appointed Medical Director to the all-women’s medium secure hospital, ‘The Dene’ in Burgess Hill, West Sussex; where he established a combined dialectic behaviour therapy and psychological trauma service for women suffering from Complex PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dr Busuttil joined Combat Stress in June 2007 where he set up cutting edge evidence based clinical services which replaced respite care services. Clinical services comprised multidisciplinary residential and community evidence-based intervention therapy programmes. In 2011 his service design bid was awarded £20 million from NHS England National Specialist Commissioning to set up residential rehabilitation programmes for veterans suffering from severe chronic PTSD. These programmes were also funded in Scotland commissioned by NHS Scottish. He is a member of the NHSE Armed Forces Clinical Reference Psychiatry Task and Finish Group. He regularly liaises at the highest levels with politicians, the NHS, MoD and other agencies. He regularly comments about psychological trauma issues in the national and international media.
Dr Busuttil set up the Combat Stress Veterans’ Research Department in 2014 embedding it within the Kings Centre for Military Health Research. This department has produced over 70 peer reviewed papers and several book chapters and one book on veterans’ mental health in the past five years. He has supervised and facilitated the development of collaborations with UK and internationally based universities and organisations in Australia, Canada and the USA. He gave evidence to the Defence Select Committee related to mental health needs and treatment service provision for veterans in the UK in 2018. Since 2018 he has been part of the 5 Eyes Mental Health Research and Innovation Collaborative (5 Eyes MRIC) representing UK Veterans’ Mental Health which advises the 5 Veterans’ Ministers of the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and book chapters on PTSD and related disorders; as an invited speaker he has delivered over 240 presentations including keynote lectures, workshops and original research papers in the UK and abroad. He has offered training in military and veteran psychiatry, management of adult survivors and complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders; disaster management and psychological first aid to first responders; and the biological theories of PTSD and interventions using medications. He has been an invited member on several international Round Tables concerning military psychiatry, psychological first aid and early interventions and treatment approaches.
Dr Busuttil is also active in private practice managing clinical cases as well as undertaking medico legal work. He routinely assesses and treats patients suffering the effects of psychological trauma generated by road traffic accidents, interpersonal violence, accidents at work, clinical negligence, disaster and conflict. He has lectured and published extensively on the psychological and psychiatric management of those exposed to single and multiple psychological trauma.
For this course, he teaches on diagnostics for trauma presentations, the role for medication, management of co-morbidities, and the role of trauma as the underpinning for many common psychiatric disorders. He brings a wealth of experience in clinical settings and in running traumatic stress treatment services.
He is also active in private practice managing clinical cases as well as undertaking medico legal work. He routinely assesses and treats patients suffering the effects of psychological trauma generated by road traffic accidents, interpersonal violence, accidents at work, disaster and conflict. He has lectured and published extensively on the psychological and psychiatric management of those exposed to single and multiple psychological trauma.
About Dr Derek Blincow
I have over thirty years experience of general child and adolescent psychiatry. I have worked in the following specialist areas: Child Protection, Paediatric Liaison, Children’s Learning and Physical Disability, Looked After Children, Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children, Families in Areas of High Socio-Economic Deprivation, High Dependency Adolescent In-Patient Treatment.
My clinical practice includes the continuous provision of outpatient clinics, emergency crisis intervention and second opinions to other consultants, where I hold a caseload of on average one hundred and fifty cases covering the broad spectrum of child and adolescent mental health disorders. I am trained in a range of therapeutic techniques, including Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Pharmacological Treatments. Since 1993, I acted as clinical lead and director of services. This involves leading on clinical governance, developing new services as well as the operational management of well-functioning mental health and children’s services. I have provided advice and reports to the UK Health Ombudsman in dealing with health service complaints of national significance and to the Home Office on issues of national policy in child protection. My expert witness experience has involved providing reports and appearing at court in over 600 cases over an eighteen year period. I am currently lead psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital’s High Dependency Adolescent Unit.
Teaching and Research
I have co-authored a book on “Resilient Therapy” (2007) as well as journal and book chapters on the application of the concept of resilience to direct therapeutic work. I have conducted original research in the area of diagnostic interviewing in cases of suspected child abuse. My lecturing and teaching experience ranges across health, social services, education and the general public, comprising broadcasting by radio and television, national and international conference presentations and involvement in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I have organised, chaired and presented at regular BASPCAN and ACAMHS conferences in the south east of England and nationally. I have presented at international conferences, ISPCAN and the World Family Therapy Congress.
It should be noted that there are, however, limits to the confidentiality. If there is concern about patient safety, the supervisor will need to alert the necessary local and statutory bodies. The supervisee has the responsibility to ensure that identified needs for practice development are fed into the appraisal process. Urgent training or development needs should be highlighted by both the supervisor and supervisee to ensure prompt action. Supervision will be audited and evidenced for experts to use within their appraisals.