Dr Oliver Dale is a Consultant Psychiatrist in West London Mental Health Trust and a Jungian Analyst. He is the clinical lead for the personality disorder pathway in Hammersmith and Fulham Treatment and Recovery Team and is the Clinical Lead for the Cassel Hospital and the Managed Clinical Network. He is an executive member of the General Adult Faculty (Royal College of Psychiatrists) and is Co-Chair of the Cross Faculty Working Group on Personality Disorder. His interests include service standards and service design for the supporting those with difficulties associated with the diagnosis of personality disorder and places an emphasis on developing opportunities for co-production in service development and delivery.
Dr Julia Blazdell is the Network Coordinator for the Managed Clinical Network for Personality Disorders in WLMHT, as well as being a freelance Educational Consultant for the Institute of Mental Health and a service user consultant for Psychological Approaches. Julia is also a trustee of the Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust.
Formerly a manager with Emergence, and before that, a project coordinator with the Mental Health Foundation, she has extensive experience in a range of service user involvement projects, including research, training, consultancy and service design.
Julia is passionate about developing and extending co-production and sees the co-presidency of BIGSPD as an excellent opportunity to broaden current debates around the construct of ‘personality disorder’.
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 Senior Research Fellow in mental health at the University of Central Lancashire 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 was entitled ‘Enhancing understanding of the experience of people with common mental health disorders and co-morbid personality disorder traits who present to Primary Care IAPT services’.
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 focused. 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.
Joint Secretary (Maternity leave Oct 2018- Nov 2019)
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.
Membership Secretary (Maternity leave Oct 2018- Nov 2019)
Kirsten is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, with a background in academic psychology and social psychiatry. Her areas of interest are the psychological treatment of personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm, perinatal psychiatry and parenting research. Her PhD research at Queen Mary University of London focused on treatment processes in dialectical behaviour therapy for personality disorder. She is currently completing an NIHR Postodctoral Research Fellowship awarded to investigate the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder and treatment outcomes, in addition to conducting research on the epigenetic effects of antenatal anxiety on child development and practising clinically as a video feedback for positive parenting therapist.
The Committee members are elected annually and are:
Mags O’Rourke (Irish representative)
The Committee also includes past Presidents:
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
2015-2018 Kath Lovell and Tom Mullen