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part of the College's Podcast Editor Team, Raj
Persaud commissions podcasts and conducts interviews for both
CPD Online and the College website. Dr Persaud is a
psychiatrist based in London and is a Gresham College emeritus
visiting Professor for Public Understanding of Psychiatry. Amongst
many academic honours he has the Royal College of Psychiatrist's
Research Prize and Medal, The Belthlem and Maudsley Hospital's
Denis Hill Prize and The Osler Medal. He worked as a research
fellow at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in the USA and is
Consultant Editor of The Mind: A Users Guide published
with over 50 experts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Peter Bruggen is part of the College's Podcast Editor Team.
From 1969 to 1994 he was a consultant psychiatrist at Hill End
Adolescent Unit, St Albans. That unit had the UK's lowest length of
stay and attracted around 100 professional visitors a year. He was
also a consultant psychiatrist from 1969-90 at the Tavistock Clinic
from where, with Sandy Bourne, he published several BMJ papers
exposing the origins of systemic discipline and gender bias in the
Distinction Awards process.
He has been published in
the BJP, BJMP, BMJ, Journal of
Family Therapy, Family Process (USA), Journal of
Adolescence and others. He was the first to use the words
'family therapy' in the BJP. Topics included family
therapy at the death bed, working with families in the community
rather than admitting adolescents to hospital, and staff
Dr Bruggen has also written three
books, including Surviving Adolescence
and Helping Families (both with Charles O'Brian), and
Who Cares? True Stories of the NHS Reforms, for which he
conducted face-to-face interviews with one-hundred people.
Amy Manley is a higher trainee in general adult psychiatry. She
has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in medical education at
the University of Dundee and holds a Masters in research from the
University of Manchester. Her research interests are
in the fields of liaison psychiatry and medical education. She
is currently working with Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen as Trainee
Podcast Editor, producing podcasts for the Royal College of
Dr Ali Ajaz is
a higher trainee in forensic psychiatry in London and also an
honorary clinical lecturer in psychiatry at Barts and The London
School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University London. He
has completed a fellowship in medical education at the North East
London Foundation Trust and a postgraduate certificate in medical
education at the University of Bedfordshire. He is a former
CPD Online Podcast Editor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists
and his research interests include mentally disordered offenders,
cultural psychiatry and undergraduate
Steven Moylan formerly worked as the College's
Associate Podcast Editor, commissioning podcasts and
conducting interviews for CPD Online. Dr Moylan is a psychiatric
registrar with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of
Psychiatrists and a clinical lecturer with Deakin University School
of Medicine. He has wide ranging research interests with a focus on
Ahmed is an ST5 trainee in General Adult Psychiatry on the South
London & Maudsley psychiatric training scheme. He was
shortlisted for The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Core Trainee of
the Year Award in 2009. His research interests include cultural
psychiatry, public education, medical education and depression in
Ovais Badat is a consultant psychiatrist for the
Specialised Adult ADHD Clinic in Bristol. He is also a
general adult psychiatrist, and his research interests include
healthcare leadership and the role of the voluntary sector. He
facilitates business skills learning for doctors and works for the
BBC as a member of the Grants Committee for Children in
Margaret Murphy is a child and adolescent
psychiatrist based in Cambridge.
Paula Murphy works as a locum consultant
forensic psychiatrist at St Andrews Healthcare in Northampton, and
is studying for a Masters in Public Health/Health Services
Management at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr Murphy's research interests include public mental health, policy
analysis, medical leadership and management, and health
Saliha Nazir is a specialty doctor in forensic
learning disability. She is a member of the Spirituality Special
Interest Group and Management Special Interest Group at The
Royal College of Psychiatrists. She has been working with mental
health teams in India (Kashmir) to raise awareness and fight stigma
related to mental illness. Her articles have been published in the
British Medical Journal.