Hasanen Al-Taiar

Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar is a consultant forensic psychiatrist who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), holds membership of The Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) and is a Senior Member of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is a GMC examiner for Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB 2) test which is the qualifying exam for International Medical Graduates. He is the Vice Chair Elect of the Royal College of Psychiatrists South Eastern Division. He works on a secure unit in Oxford which provides specialist mental health input to forensic patients and he also looks after a number of forensic outpatients in addition to his work in prison environments. He is an expert witness and he assists the judicial establishments by giving psychiatric opinions in criminal matters. He is approved under Section 12 (2) of the Mental Health Act and is a member of the South of England Section 12 Approvals Panel.

He’s worked as an academic tutor at Oxford University Department of Psychiatry and is an Associate Oxford University Medical Education Fellow. Furthermore, he is involved in various educational committees at the Royal College of Psychiatrists e.g. Trainee Support, Diaspora and Trans-cultural psychiatry groups. He is the mentoring lead at the South Eastern division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is the Psychiatry lead Tutor at OxPal Medlink which offers online and face to face tutorials to medical students and psychiatry residents in Palestine. He is the lead for the OXPIQ project which provides distant learning opportunities to Iraqi psychiatrists. He is the Secretary of the British Arab Psychiatric Association (BAPA) and the Chairman of the Iraqi Mental Health Forum (IMHF-UK). He is a GMC PLAB and RCPsych CASC examiner. He is very interested in medical education and training and he has widely contributed to educational programmes in the UK and abroad.

He presented many oral and poster presentations at various academic events and conferences. He won international prizes from the 4th Psychopharmacology conference (Turkey, 2011), in addition to other prizes e.g. best team awards in low secure services and Lancet Psychiatry prize co-authoring a poster on the role of distance learning in medical educators. He has been nominated to Royal College awards 2013-2016.

He published articles on violence risk assessment in addition to some educational literature on assessments in psychiatry. He has published many audits in various avenues of psychiatry. His work has been cited on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He authored the Manual of managing violence in psychiatric inpatients and has also written a chapter about international forensic psychiatric services.

One of his ambitions is to raise the awareness, build professional capacity and set up specialised forensic psychiatry services in many countries which provide specialist mental health input to mentally unwell offenders. He delivers training in forensic aspects of psychiatry e.g. risk assessment of violence, and writing to the Courts, both nationally and internationally. He organises clinical attachments for psychiatrists and medical students to undertake a period of (observership) training in the UK.

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