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Dr Ovais Badat is a Teaching Fellow based in
Gloucestershire. He is a General Adult Psychiatrist and his
research interests include healthcare leadership and the role of
the voluntary sector.
Dr Badat facilitates business skills
learning for doctors and works for the BBC as a member of the
Disbursements Committee for Children in Need.
Dr Ken Checinski is Senior Lecturer and Consultant Addiction
Psychiatrist St George’s, University of London. He is medical
spokesman for the national antidrugs campaign (talktofrank.com)
and convenes the RCPsych Addictions User and Carer Liaison
Ken is also Medical Director of Addaction (a charity providing
clinical drugs and alcohol services across the UK).
He has worked as a writer and broadcaster on
BBC and ITV, and has produced both films and stage work related to
mental illness. Between 1998 and 2003, he was co-director of the
media project of Every Family in the Land, the College’s
five year campaign to address the stigmatisation of mental
He has a special interest in media
misrepresentation of violence in psychotic illness, and the
teaching of media skills to mental health professionals. In 2008,
he published his first book, Outdoor Psychiatry, cowritten
with Dr Trevor Turner.
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