Dr Rachel Gibbons

BSc MBBS MRCPsych M.Inst.Psychoanal
Consultant Psychiatrist

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. 

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