The Top Brass: It's All in the Mind: The Doctors Who Deal with Our Mental Health ; the 10 Leading Psychiatrists in Britain, as Chosen by Their Fellow Experts

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The Top Brass: It's All in the Mind: The Doctors Who Deal with Our Mental Health ; the 10 Leading Psychiatrists in Britain, as Chosen by Their Fellow Experts


John Cox

John Cox, 62, is president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Keele. He is known for his work in the areas of trans-cultural psychiatry and postnatal depression. Professor Cox is a founding member of the international Marce Society, concerned with the prevention and management of postnatal mental illness. He also pioneered the widely used Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, a diagnostic test administered by health visitors.

"I did not see psychiatry as a soft option, rather as a subject that people went into who could have made a career in medicine or surgery but who had instead elected to work with mental disorders.

"I became particularly interested in transcultural psychiatry - that is, service provision for black and ethnic minorities - when I was working as a lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala in the early 1970s. Having migrated myself, I was fascinated by the relevance of culture and ethnicity to mental disorder.

"Later, I carried out work to determine the frequency of postnatal depression in a semi-rural African community. On my return to Edinburgh, I carried on researching that field and working clinically as well.

"Developing the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale was a major part of that work. At the time, I had no idea that it would be recommended for use in many government policy statements and translated into 20 different languages for use around the world."

Louis Appleby

Louis Appleby, 46, is national director for mental health and professor of psychiatry at the University of Manchester. He has played a central role in the Government's plans to reform mental health services, helping to bring in a range of new initiatives including home treatment teams and support workers for carers.

"Psychiatry provides an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of other people."

Sue Bailey

Sue Bailey, 51, a clinician and senior research fellow at Manchester University, is chair of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Bailey is one of the pioneers of mental health services for young offenders.

"The challenge, excitement, satisfaction and privilege of enabling young people to achieve their right to mental health continue to grow."

Ilana Crome

Ilana Crome, 50, is professor of addiction psychiatry at Keele University. She studied at the Maudsley Hospital, London, where she pioneered the first service in the UK for teenagers addicted to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

"My goal is to underpin compassion with science, by understanding why young people use drugs and alcohol, and translating this into new approaches."

Nigel Eastman

Nigel Eastman, 56, is professor of law, ethics and psychiatry at St George's Hospital Medical School, part of the University of London. Professor Eastman specialises in forensic psychiatry, assessing and treating patients suffering from severe mental disorders who have committed serious violent offences.

"Forensic psychiatry is a wonderful sand pit for anyone who is remotely obsessional."

Andrew Fairbairn

Andrew Fairbairn, 51, a consultant at Newcastle General Hospital, specialises in the mental health problems of older people, mainly dementia and depression.

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