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 Studies, University of Chester, and Director of Older
Mind Matters Ltd (http://www.oldermindmatters.com/).
She worked as a consultant psychiatrist in Central Manchester
until 2000, then held a consultant post in Wolverhampton until
was awarded a PhD by publication in 2010.
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 use that learning to improve practice.
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 Ananta 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.
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.
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
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
Dr John Watts
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.