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Professor Andrew Forrester

Professor Andrew Forrester

Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

School of Medicine

Email
forrestera1@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

Overview

I am Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Cardiff University, and a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with Swansea Bay University Health Board and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

I have worked as a psychiatrist in prisons and other criminal justice settings for over 20 years, and written over 800 reports to the Courts, mainly in criminal proceedings.

My clinical and research interests relate to mental health conditions as they present in the criminal justice system, including prisons, courts, police custody, probation, and other places of detention, with a focus on vulnerability and marginalisation.

I am forensic lead at the National Centre for Mental Health (https://www.ncmh.info/investigators/andrew-forrester/), Director of the Offender Health Research Network Cymru, and chair of the Criminal Justice Steering Group Traumatic Stress Wales. 

I am Academic Secretary to the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Editor in Chief of the SAGE journal Medicine, Science and the Law.

I sit on the executive committees of the Forensic Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, the charity Crime in Mind, and the Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Service (QNPMHS). 

I chair the World Psychiatric Association's prison mental health task-force, and am a member of the Howard League’s advisory board for sentencing principles for young adults. I am a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses, the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland, and the Royal Society of Medicine.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association, and a former member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Working Group on the Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Biography

I trained in psychiatry at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital, London, and have worked as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist for 20 years. During that time, I have worked in London, Melbourne, Cornwall, Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff. 

Clinically, my main interest has been in prison psychiatry, from which I developed an interest in other parts of the criminal justice system (police custody, the criminal courts and probation), and people who are detained in other settings (e.g., immigration removal centres). 

I collaborate widely and have a broad interest in mental health conditions as they arise in the criminal justice system in Wales, the wider UK, and internationally, with a focus on vulnerability and marginalisation. My interests are under-pinned by a focus on fair and equal treatment for people in the criminal justice system, taking into consideration human rights obligations and issues in respect of social justice.

Honours and awards

BSc(Hons), MBChB, MPhil, MD(Res), CMgr, MCMI, FRSA, FRCPsych 

Speaking engagements

Since 2021 

  • Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust National Speaker Programme 10 years on, Setting the Scene for the Future, Mental health and vulnerability in the criminal justice system - how far have we come and what is now needed? (2022) 
  • Bracton Centre Academic Meeting, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Gate-keeping and moral injury in psychiatry (2022)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (Victoria Branch), Mental health in criminal justice system / correctional pathways (2022)
  • Traumatic Stress Wales Annual Conference (Key note), Traumatic Stress in the Criminal Justice System (2022)
  • Crime in Mind Seminar, Mental health research in prisons: knowledge, resources and needs (2022)
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry conference (2022)
    • Review of services for vulnerable persons detained in prisons in Northern Ireland: findings from the review part II - mental health and addictions services
    • Trabajando juntos: forensic and prison psychiaitry in Latin America
  • Independent Monitoring Board (Key note), Mental health in prisons (2021) 
  • Royal Society of Medicine, Mental health in closed institutions and custodial settings (2021) 
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services, Guidance for Wales (2021) 
  • International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Past, Present and Future of Forensic Mental Health Services, virtual conference (2021) 
    • Prison mental health: past, present and future (Key note) 
  • Correctional Services of Canada, Pathways models in criminal justice / correctional systems (2021)
  • South Wales Academic Meeting, Review of services for vulnerable persons detained in Northern Ireland prisons (2021) 
  • House of Lords seminar, People with neurodevelopmental conditions in the criminal justice system (2021)
  • British Academy of Forensic Sciences, Mental health in police custody (2021)
  • Offender Health Research Network - Cymru, Mental health presentations in police custody (2021)
  • Crime in Mind Seminar, Older adults in the criminal justice system (2021)  

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My clinical and research interests relate to mental health conditions as they present in the criminal justice system, including prisons, courts, police custody, probation, and other places of detention, with a focus on vulnerability and marginalisation.

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