Dr S D – Consultant Psychiatrist


I have written a large number of expert psychiatric medico-legal reports for the Criminal, Family and Civil Courts including immigration, Employment Tribunal, Forensic matters, fitness to plead, family work and personal injury cases. I am fluent in English & Arabic and am approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended in 2007) as having special expertise in the diagnosis of mental disorder. I have also written more than one thousand Mental Health Act medical recommendations.

Qualifications & Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
Master degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MSc CBT)
Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych.)

I attended University of Mosul In Iraq where I gained a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery M.B.Ch.B in 1994. In 1997, I moved permanently to the UK in order to pursue specialist training as a psychiatrist. I completed specialist training in psychiatry in London (St Mary’s higher educational training scheme). I became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (MRCPsych).

I am engaged in a programme of CPD of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I am up to date with my Professional Development Plan approved by my peers at Park Royal Centre for Mental Health.

I have a special interest in psychotherapeutic interventions especially Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I completed a master degree in CBT (London Metropolitan University) and currently practicing as private Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, in addition to my post as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS in London.

Areas of Specialty

– Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Disorders, Psychosis, PTSD
– Addictions Drug and Alcohol
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
– Forensic psychiatry

Professional Registration

I have full registration with licence to practice with the General Medical Council.
I am entered on the Specialist Register for Psychiatry of the General Medical Council of the UK for General Psychiatry and Substance Misuse .
I hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adult Psychiatry and Substance Misuse.

Professional Memberships

Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPSych)
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Medical Protection Society (MPS)

Work experience

Present Post (Started on the 1st of April 2009 , permanent post )
I am currently working as a full time substantive consultant psychiatrist in a NHS Foundation Trust.

This is a busy General adult psychiatry post covers a large catchment area (270,000 multi-ethnic population) with substantial social difficulties, providing crisis assessment and management in addition to home treatment.

The post provides an intensive experience in managing a wide range of Psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Depression, anxiety disorders, substance misuse, Deliberate Self harm and personality Disorders.

Previous Posts and career to date

– Specialist Registrar in Adult Psychiatry and Substance Misuse, St Mary’s Psychiatric Training scheme in London from November 2005 to March 2009.
– Staff grade in substance misuse in Ealing Hospital from August 2004 to September 2005.
– Senior house officer, St Mary’s Psychiatric Training scheme in London from August 2002 to August 2004.
– Senior House Officer, North Trent Rotational Training Scheme in Psychiatry in Sheffield from May 2000 to August 2002.
– Senior house officer in accident and emergency July 1999 to April 2000.
– I had a career break from July 1997 to July 1999, settling in the UK, moved from Iraq to live in the UK.
– Internship / Baghdad, Iraq : Oct. 1994 -January 1996.

Following completion of specialist training I took up a consultant post in London within Central and North West London Foundation Trust. Working as Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Consultant in an inner London catchment area with a diverse ethnic population and dealing with a broad range of psychiatric presentations.

I am member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist International Advisory Committee through the Iraq Sub-Committee , currently leading Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training and service development in Iraq.

Research teaching and Management

I have experience of Teaching, Research and management; I am the Clinical lead and the chair of a number of service development groups in Brent, Outcome Measure Implementation group.

I have a number of publications in peer review journals. I have been involved in training senior psychiatrists in different countries outside the UK through the Royal College volunteers scheme to develop Mental Health services in Iraq and Lebanon.

I have special interest in treating victims of torture and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

My approach is patient-focused and collaborative, integrating both psychiatric and psychotherapeutic approaches.


English & Arabic

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