Piyal is currently Medical Director and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with Elysium Healthcare, working in the Women’s Service at Chadwick Lodge and Eaglestone View in Milton Keynes, and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London. He has been working with personality disorder in various secure settings for almost 20 years now. His research interests include psychopathy, personality disorder in BME groups, and risk assessment. He has previously been a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London. He is an MRCPsych Examiner and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Forensic Faculty Education and Curriculum Committee. He contributes to various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in King’s College, London, both through didactic teaching as well as supervising and marking dissertations. He has received various awards, including the Peter Scott and John Hamilton Fellowships from The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and also the India International Fellowship Award from the Indian High Commissioner in London.
Gary is a Lecturer in mental health at the University of Salford and is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 20 year’s experience working in mental health services. Gary has worked in a range of services often following new service developments in line with policy led modernisation of mental health services, including forensic inpatients, crisis resolution and home treatment, early intervention in psychosis, psychological therapies service and personality disorder services.
Gary recently completed the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester. His PhD thesis has been submitted and is entitled ‘The development of a feasible and acceptable psychological intervention for people with personality disorder traits in primary care IAPT services: Evidence, Identification and Theory Development’.
In 2011 Gary won the Nursing Times Award in Mental Health for leading on the development of the Wigan Multi-Agency Personality Disorder service. He has a special interest in personality disorder and primary care treatments which is where his current research is focussed. Gary is a trained and experienced personality disorder trainer and was a lead contributor in the development of NHS northwest E-Learning programme for personality disorder awareness.
Emma works in the mental health team at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. She is course leader for programmes looking at the term and diagnosis of personality disorder and working with people with the diagnosis. She also has involvement in a number of pre-registration nursing modules and module leads both undergraduate and postgraduate modules up to masters level. She is motivated to explore ways of making learning fun and interactive.
Prior to her current position she was a team practitioner within a forensic service in which she continues clinical work. This includes working closely with teams across prison, community, inpatient and secure settings, providing specialist risk assessment and risk management advice. Emma works alongside probation services in a Community Personality Disorder Service which provides consultations and formulations for offenders identified as having personality disorder traits. Prior to this Emma worked as a nurse in a secure hospital.
Emma is one third of the online tweeting community @WeMHNurses organising and running chats on various topics. She is currently studying a Professional Doctorate in Health, with the title- The lived experience of the time service users and student mental health nurses spend together on personality disorder units: A phenomenological study. She is also involved in other research projects including social media use in undergraduate health care programmes and the impact of a HIV diagnosis on a person’s mental health.
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The Committee also includes past Presidents:
BIGSPD Past Presidents (since BIGSPD inauguration in 1999)
1999-2003 Prof Peter Tyrer, Imperial College London
2003-2006 Prof Conor Duggan, University of Nottingham
2006-2009 Prof Kate Davidson, University of Glasgow
2009-2012 Prof Mike Crawford, Imperial College London
2012-2015 Dr Steve Pearce, Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust
BIGSPD Senior Scientist Award Winners (introduced in 2006)
2006 Prof Peter Tyrer, Imperial College London
2007 Prof Ron Blackburn, University of Liverpool
2008 Prof John Livesley, University of British Columbia
2009 Prof Jeremy Coid, Queen Mary University London
2010 Prof Conor Duggan, University of Nottingham
2011 Prof Kate Davidson, University of Glasgow
2012 Prof Anthony Bateman, University College London
2013 Prof Glenys Parry, University of Sheffield
2015 Prof Mike Crawford, Imperial College London
2016 Dr Paul Moran, University of Bristol
2017 Prof Peter Fonagy, Integrated Mental Health Programme, UCLPartners/ Anna Freud Centre
BIGSPD Senior Practitioner Award Winners (introduced in 2013)
2013 Dr Nick Benefield, Department of Health
2014 Dr Rex Haigh, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
2015 Dr Neil Gordon, Nottingham Institute of Mental Health
2016 Dr Winifred Bolton, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
2017 Dr Jackie Crassati, Psychological Approaches CIC
BIGSPD Annual General Meeting 2017
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