About the authors

Luke Solomons, MBBS, MRCPsych

Dr Luke SolomonsDr Solomons is a consultant liaison psychiatrist for older adults at Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust based at Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. He works closely with his acute hospital and mental health colleagues in delivering holistic care to patients with comorbid physical and mental health issues. He is involved in research projects on sleep, information design in dementia and neuroimaging.


Email: luke.solomons@ouh.nhs.uk


Declaration of interests: None






Jim Crabb, MBBS, MRCPsych

Dr Jim CrabbDr Crabb is a consultant in general adult psychiatry currently working in NHS Forth Valley. He has a special interest in developing mental health services in parts of the world with minimal services, particularly West Africa. He is joint author of 'Essential Skills for mental health care' a manual that explains how general health workers in West Africa can safely diagnose and treat mental illness and epilepsy with the resources available locally. Copies of the manual can be downloaded free of charge from the BasicNeeds website.


Working in Africa gave Jim a crash course in physical medicine and emphasised to him that first and foremost psychiatrists need to be good doctors. This has lead to his interest in improving his own medical skills and those of other psychiatrists, from which 'Don't Shrink from ECGs' was born.


Email: jcrabb1@nhs.net

Declaration of interests: None


Adrian Treloar, MBBS, MRCP, MRCGP, MRCPsych

Dr Adrian TreloarDr Treloar is Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is a former GP and also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He was Clinical Tutor of his Trust for nine years and thought that doctors of all grades ought to be able to become better at some aspects of physical healthcare. He is also actively researching palliative care of dementia as well as being involved in a number of multi-centre trials.


Email: adrian.treloar@oxleas.nhs.uk

Declaration of interests: None




E. Naomi Smith, BA (Hons) Neuroscience, BM

Dr E. Naomi Smith Dr Smith graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Neuroscience, and graduated from the University of Southampton in 2009 with a medical degree. Following completion of the Foundation Programme with the Oxford Deanery in 2011, Dr Smith commenced core psychiatry training in Berkshire. She is currently working in forensic psychiatry in Oxford.


Email: elizabeth.smith@doctors.org.uk


Declaration of interests: None






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