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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Professor Susan Benbow (Chair)

Susan Mary Benbow is an old age psychiatrist and family therapist who is Professor of Mental Health & Ageing at the Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Staffordshire University, and Director of Older Mind Matters Ltd ( She worked as a consultant psychiatrist in Central Manchester until 2000, then held a consultant post in Wolverhampton until spring 2009, and recently was awarded a PhD.

She was Chair of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry 2002-2006 and has worked with the College for over 20 years. Areas of interest include the inter-relationship between policy and practice, understanding the tensions between confidentiality and collaboration, and examining how we learn from the families we work with and using that learning to improve practice.


Dr Gwen Adshead

Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She holds a master's degree in medical law and ethics from Kings University London. Gwen has a long standing interest in psychiatric ethics; especially in relation to psychotherapy and forensic psychiatry. She has published books, book chapters and papers about confidentiality, boundary violations and ethical dilemmas in forensic mental health. Gwen was chair of the College ethics committee between 2001 and 2006, and an honorary member of the Institute of medical ethics between 2009 and 2011. She gave expert testimony to the Kerr Haslam committee on sexual boundary violations by psychiatrists, and is a consultant to the Clinic for Professional Boundaries Studies.


Professor Julian C Hughes

Julian C Hughes is a consultant in old age psychiatry in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and honorary professor of philosophy of ageing at the Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University. He studied Philosophy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His writings and research focus on philosophical and ethical issues raised in connection with ageing and dementia. In addition to College work, he has served on committees or working parties of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He has published a number of edited, co-edited or co-authored books: most recently, in 2011 Thinking Through Dementia and also Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: The Facts, both published by Oxford University Press.



Dr Denise Cope has been Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in Dorset since 1992, Lead Consultant for Old Age Psychiatry for ten years and Associate Medical Director for the last seven years. She has also been Trust Lead for Clinical Governance and Effectiveness for twelve years.

She held the role of Programme Director for General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry in Wessex and been an Associate Dean with the Wessex Deanery for seven years. 

Dr Cope is Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Well Being for the South West Strategic Health Authority.


Dr Susan Welsh

Dr Susan Welsh graduated from Glasgow University and studied psychiatry in Suffolk, Essex and London. She gained an MPhil degree in medical law and ethics from Glasgow University, under the supervision of Prof. Sheila McLean, during higher specialist training. She has published a number of articles and written book chapters on the subject of law and ethics in psychiatry.

She has been employed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust as Consultant Psychiatrist for Older People since 2002 and was appointed Clinical Director of Older Peoples Services in 2011. Her main interests include psychiatric ethics and mental health law, teaching and education. She is joint undergraduate tutor locally and completed a PG Cert Ed in 2009.


Dr Ananta Dave

Dr Dave is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist working in Walsall. She is Named Doctor for Child Safeguarding in the Trust and is interested in the impact of parental mental health problems on children and the complex ethical problems that arise when dealing with safeguarding issues. She obtained a Masters degree in Medical Ethics and Law from Keele University and regularly presents and teaches on topics in clinical ethics. She is Chair of the Birmingham Children's Hospital's clinical ethics committee.


Dr Dave is also keenly interested in the various factors that influence decision-making in health care and in the areas of interface of practice, e.g. between CAMHS and social care, transitions from CAMHS to adult services and between primary and secondary care.



Dr Gordana Milavić MD FRCPSYCH

Dr Milavić has been in clinical practice for over 30 years and has been at the forefront of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) developments in southeast London. Her current clinical post is that of Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Mood Disorder Clinic for Children and Young People of the National and Specialist Services of the Maudsley Hospital.


She is the Hospital Clinical Director for CAMHS of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Special interests include mood disorders in children and young people, psychological traumatisation and organisational management. She is an undergraduate and postgraduate teacher and trainer. She has been Board Member of the Special Committee on Professional Governance and Ethics of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2005.



Dr Ashok Roy

Dr Ashok Roy is the Lead Consultant in the Psychiatry of Learning Disability in Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust where he is the Clinical Lead for Service Development and Research. He is the lead for Care Pathways and Payment by Results (PbR) for the LD Faculty Executive and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Psychiatry Department at Birmingham University. His interests include clinical outcome measures, service development, access to primary care services, and ethical issues in learning disability.


Professor Chris Freeman

Prof. Chris Freeman  is currently Regional Consultant for Eating disorders for the South East Region of Scotland coordinating services for 4 health Boards and running the Managed Clinical Network. He is Vice Chair of SCPPE with responsibility for Ethics. He is Chair of ECTAS Accreditation Committee and ECTAS reference group and member of Eating Disorders Faculty executive. He is currently President of UKPTS ( United Kingdom Psychological Trauma Society) and a board member of ESTSS ( European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies). He previously ran a large psychotherapy department in Edinburgh and set up the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress. He is an Honorary professor at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.



Dr Michael Kingham


Dr Michael Kingham is a consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Trevor Gibbens Unit in Maidstone. He has particular interest in confidentiality and is co-authoring the revision of CR160 Good Psychiatric Practice: Confidentiality and Information sharing. 



Dr John Watts


John Watts is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with an interest in medical law, ethics and confidentiality. He has a master's degree in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Kent, and lectures undergraduate and postgraduate law students. He has written a number of articles in peer reviewed journals on ethical issues in relation to psychiatry and the law, and continues to be interested in issues around competence, capacity and consent in children and young people. He has worked in the NHS and in research, and is currently a consultant in an NHS adolescent inpatient unit.


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