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Dr Raj Persaud Dr Raj Persaud is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked at numerous prestigious institutions in psychiatry including The Bethlem Royal and Maudsley NHS Hospitals Trust in London and the Institute of Psychiatry plus the Institute of Neurology, University of London as well as Johns Hopkins Hospital in the USA, which are the leading teaching, research and clinical institutions in psychiatry in Europe and the USA.
Ken Checinski

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 ( and convenes the RCPsych Addictions User and Carer Liaison Group.

Ken is also Medical Director of Addaction (a charity providing clinical drugs and alcohol services across the UK).


 Dr Mark Salter Dr Mark Salter, is a consultant in adult general psychiatry in Hackney, East London. He is a member of the College’s Public Education Committee and has been one of the College’s media experts for over 15 years.

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 illness.

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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