I graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and initially commenced on a career in Internal Medicine, obtaining my MRCPI (Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland) in 2002.

I commenced training in Psychiatry on the St John of Gods Training scheme in Dublin obtaining my MRCPsych in 2010 prior to moving to London in 2012 to commence Higher Training on the Barts / Royal London Training Scheme and completed my CCT in General Adult Psychiatry with an endorsement in Addictions in 2015. I am currently working as a locum consultant in the Home Treatment Team and the Early Detection Service in Tower Hamlets. My areas of interest are acute general adult psychiatry & crisis care, substance misuse and women’s mental health.

Paul Binfield, Senior People Participation Lead (ELFT)

I used mental health services for nearly 20 years.
I am now leading on service user and carer involvement within ELFT.
Some of my recent project work is below:

- Developed recovery plan for enhanced primary care.
- Delivering staff training internally and to outside organisations on mental health awareness (DLR, Job Centre Plus and others).
- Working to compose a recovery syllabus of all recovery focused activity.

Laura Pisaneschi, Community Mental Health Nurse

I am a community mental health nurse working in the Tower Hamlets Clozapine Clinic, part of The East London NHS Foundation Trust, as Deputy Clozapine Clinic Manager.
I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2012 completing the postgraduate diploma in mental health nursing at City University.
I am very committed to improving the care of people with mental health problems in primary care and have been involved in delivering mental health training to primary care nurses.

Professor Frank Röhricht, MD FRCPsych

I completed my medical training at Free University Berlin/Germany in 1990 and obtained my CCST in Psychiatry in 1997. Working as Consultant Psychiatrist in East London NHS Foundation Trust since 1997; I trained as a Body Psychotherapist from 1984-1987 and I am a member of the European Association of Body Psychotherapy; I am Honorary Professor at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies University of Essex, and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at St. George’s Medical School, University of Nicosia / Cyprus.
Between 2000-2013 I was Clinical Director for Adult Mental Health Services and since November 2013 I am Associate Medical Director for Research, Innovation & Service Development at ELFT.
Clinical Management & Research:
As Clinical Director I have been leading on a turnaround process of mental health care in Newham/East London, developing mental health care services in Newham into a recognised centre of clinical excellence despite highest deprivation index / high morbidity rates and poorly resourced services with low number of acute beds in a busy inner-city London borough.
I have been providing input as expert advisor for DoH work-streams such community psychiatry, risk management and currently for the expansion of evidence based psychological therapy services (“IAPT”) for Severe Mental Illness and Long Term Conditions/ Medically unexplained Syndromes.
As a researcher I developed and evaluated novel psychological therapy intervention strategies for patients with severe mental illness ( chronic schizophrenia, chronic depression and somatoform disorders). I am currently piloting innovative and cost-effective recovery model care pathway elements, a new telehealth-based monitoring and communication tool for patients with severe and enduring mental illness and also a novel primary care pathway for patients with somatic distress disorders.

For a list of publications see: www.frankrohricht.com

Dr Pierre Taub MB BCh MRCPsych CMgr FCMI

I graduated from the University of Wales, College of Medicine in 1990 and initially trained as a GP. After completing my GP training, I transferred to the St Mary’s Training Scheme in Psychiatry in London and obtained MRCPsych in 1997. I took up my first substantive consultant post in 2002 and have worked in City and Hackney all my consultant life. For the last 9 years I have worked in the Home Treatment Team.
Outside of my clinical work, my main interest is in the development and training of doctors. I am a Training Programme Director for psychiatry higher trainees, the Trust Medical Appraisal Lead, and the coaching and mentoring lead at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.