Dr Mujtaba Husain

I am Dr Mujtaba Husain, a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist employed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I am a Clinical Director for Maudsley Private Care, the UK’s first NHS Private Practice Unit in mental health.

I am the lead consultant at the Persistent Physical Symptoms Research and Treatment Unit, a national centre delivering psychological and physical therapy for complex physical symptoms. I led on the service’s transformation from the Chronic Fatigue Unit to a centre treating all persistent physical symptoms.

I am a Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry (the branch of psychiatry that focuses on the mind-body interface) working in medical settings at King’s College Hospital.

I am Clinical Director for Mental Health at the Health Innovation Network, an Academic Health Science Network, which supports the spread and adoption of evidence-based innovations for mental health in South London and nationally.

From 2019 to 2022 I was Associate Medical Director responsible for national and specialist services at the Maudsley, the Trust with the largest body of these services in the UK. These include the National Affective Disorders Unit, the National Psychosis Unit, Eating Disorders, Perinatal Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry and specialist anxiety, trauma, dissociation and psychosexual health services.

I am a former chair of the national committees for doctors in training at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. I am also a graduate of the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellowship program.

I regularly teach on mind-body psychiatry. I have published a number of peer-reviewed academic and educational papers in the field and speak regularly at national conferences.

Medico-Legal practice

I regularly provide expert reports in civil and criminal proceedings and have experience of giving oral evidence in court. I undertake approximately 25 new reports per year. My medico-legal experience is wide ranging and includes mental capacity, fitness to plead and insanity.

I have particular expertise in personal injury and medical negligence cases where both physical and mental health are involved. I also focus on cases where trauma, adversity or abuse is implicated in overlapping and often complex physical and psychological illness. 

I regularly advise the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman on complaints and serious incident investigations regarding negligence and liability. These are the most complex complaints which NHS Trusts have failed to resolve locally.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Persistent Physical Symptoms
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain
  • Functional symptoms and Functional Neurological Disorders
  • Somatoform / Conversion / Dissociative Disorders
  • Psychiatry in medical settings (Liaison Psychiatry)
  • Overlap between Physical and Mental Health
  • Persistent Physical Symptoms in long term medical conditions
  • Mental Capacity
  • Mood disorders: Anxiety, depression, bipolar affective disorder
  • Psychotic illness and schizophrenia

Dr Alex Khrypunov

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.

Medico-Legal Experience

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 Rachel Gibbons

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.