I graduated from Medical School in Crimea, Ukraine, in 1995.
I was granted full registration with the General Medical Council, UK in January 2009 and have been working for the NHS since April 2009.
Since then, I have completed my postgraduate training in Psychiatry starting with the Foundation Programme.
I became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2015 and completed dual training in General Adult and Old Age psychiatry in September 2019.
Since October 2019 I have been working as Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrist within the Perinatal Mental Health Service covering Hull, East Riding and the North Lincolnshire area.
I have attended a special 15-day course for New Consultants working in Perinatal Psychiatry, organised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Health Education of England.
I regularly teach medical students and have an Honorary appointment as Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).
My areas of expertise include General Psychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry, I am on the GMC Specialist Register for both specialties. My additional area of expertise is Perinatal Psychiatry including pre-conception advice and management of mental disorders in pregnancy and postnatal period.
I am currently accepting medico-legal instructions, acting for the Claimant, Defendant, or joint instructions and have completed the Cardiff University Bond Solon Civil Expert Witness Certificate Courses below:
• Excellence in Report Writing
• Courtroom Skills training
• Civil Law and Procedure 1 & 2
• Cross Examination Day
Dr Gibbons is an experienced consultant psychiatrist. She is currently working independently and is the Chair of the of the new working group on the Effect of Suicide and Homicide on Psychiatrists, and Patient Safety Group, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She has been working in the NHS over the past 20 years in various psychiatric settings as a consultant psychiatrist and after leaving the NHS worked as the National Therapy Director of the Priory Group until Jan 2020. She is a national expert on suicide and the effect of suicide on clinicians. She is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, was the Suicide Lead for Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, a founding member of the Haringey Suicide Prevention group, and clinical lead for the London Transport Police Suicide Prevention Team.
She worked for six years as an acute inpatient consultant for Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust where she was the audit lead and MAC co-chair. She led the development of the assessment ward model and published detailing the success of this model. In addition to this inpatient work she worked as a consultant psychiatrist in different settings including three different Community Mental Health Teams and the Mental Health Liaison Team in the Royal Free Hospital. Until September 2018 Dr Gibbons was the sole consultant for the Complex Care Team at the Halliwick at St Ann’s Hospital. This is a nationally leading innovative service for all the patients in Haringey who need secondary care and do not have a psychotic illness.
She has extensive experience as an expert witness in the medico-legal field over the last 18 years. She completes around 150 reports per year on adults, children and adolescents. She reports on employment, personal injuries, sexual abuse, clinical negligence and various other matters.