Meet the Team

Dr Lindsay Burley CBE

Chair

Lindsay Burley chairs NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and is an accredited business coach and mediator. Previously Chief Executive of Borders Health Board, she enjoyed a varied thirty year NHS career as a consultant physician and an executive director. Over the last fifteen years she has chaired the National Waiting Times Centre Board and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in addition to NES. Other non executive positions have included the Scottish Funding Council and the Court of Edinburgh Napier University. Lindsay was a member of the Millan Committee, whose report on mental health legislation underpinned the 2003 Mental Health Act in Scotland. She was made a CBE in 2011 for services to the Health Services in Scotland.

Professor Lindsay Thomson

Director
Lindsay Thomson is fully trained in general adult and forensic psychiatry. Her research interests include outcomes in mentally disordered offenders; risk assessment and management of harm to others; the impact of legislative change; and service design for mentally disordered offenders. She has a particular interest in teaching and has established the School of Forensic Mental Health under the auspices of the Forensic Network in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow Caledonian and Stirling, and works extensively with health, social and criminal justice services on educational programmes in forensic mental health. She co-authored the first textbook on psychiatry and the Scottish legal system and legislation: Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice.

 

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Dr Rajan Darjee

Clinical Lead (MAPPA & Sexual Offending)
Raj graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, trained in psychiatry in South East Scotland and was a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2005 he has worked as a consultant forensic psychiatrist in high security (the State Hospital, Carstairs), medium security (the Orchard Clinic, Edinburgh) and community settings. Since the end of 2008 his clinical work has mainly been with personality disordered and/or paraphilic sex offenders managed by criminal justice agencies in the community. He co-leads the NHS Lothian Sex Offender Liaison Service with a clinical psychologist; this service offers consultation, assessment, management advice and treatment for any agency concerned about the risk of sexual violence posed by an individual they manage. He is also the national Clinical Lead for the NHS Scotland Forensic Network for MAPPA and Sexual Offending; within that role he has lead the development and implementation of national guidance and a protocol for the pharmacological treatment of sexual offenders with medication. He is accredited by the Scottish Risk Management Authority (RMA) to assess risk in serious violent and sexual offenders being considered for indeterminate sentencing, he has written a number of papers and book chapters on forensic issues, and he has trained staff from various agencies (including police, criminal justice social work, prisons, the judiciary, mental health services) in the assessment and management of sex offenders.

 

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Dr Jana de Villiers

Clinical Lead (Intellectual Disability)
Jana completed her medical training at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She trained in psychiatry in Exeter, Bristol and the South East of Scotland. She was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist for the Fife Forensic Learning Disability Service in 2011, with responsibility for the regional low secure ward, the forensic learning disability locked ward for Fife and the Fife-wide community team. She jointly established the pilot Forensic Autism Assessment Service with a forensic psychologist. This service provides assessment and management advice to agencies managing individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (with or without comorbid intellectual disability) who engage in violent or sexual offending. She has published in peer reviewed journals and contributed to national training programmes including the Approved Medical Practitioner Advanced Practice Course. She co-authored an online training module for the Royal College of Psychiatrists on people with intellectual disability in criminal justice settings, and has presented on a range of topics at both national and international conferences.

 

Dr Martin Culshaw

Clinical Lead (Women) Martin completed his medical degree and house jobs in Glasgow before going straight into psychiatry.  He has a dual CCST in General and Forensic Psychiatry.  His first consultant post was as a general psychiatrist at Dykebar Hospital, but since 2007 he has worked as a forensic psychiatrist at Rowanbank Clinic.  Martin's clinical focus is female forensic patients although he also has an interest in prison psychiatry.  He is the Lead Clinician for Women for the Forensic Network, completing a comprehensive review of secure for women in Scotland in 2010 as well as subsequent updates.  Since 2010 he has also been Clinical Director for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Forensic Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.  

 

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Dr Helen Walker

Nurse Consultant
Helen has a keen interest in research and education, especially in relation to nursing practice and psycho-social interventions. She has worked in the forensic services since 2000, initially as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (Research), then as Senior Manager for Practice Development at The State Hospital. Helen led on the development and delivery of ‘New to Forensic’ , which was the first programme to be launched by the School of Forensic Mental Health (SoFMH) in 2007. She is actively involved in the development of new courses which link SoFMH to the academic sector.

 

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Patricia Cawthorne

Nurse Consultant
Since qualifying as a psychiatric nurse, Pat has worked in both the NHS and the private sector in England and Scotland, mainly in joint managerial/nurse psychotherapy posts, spanning the full spectrum of adult mental health services. Latterly choosing to specialise in forensic mental health services, Pat joined the Psychological Services team at The State Hospital in 2001. For the past 11 years Pat has specialised in the delivery of psychological interventions for mentally disordered offenders with psychosis or personality disorder, or with both (i.e. co-morbid presentations). Pat was appointed to the post of Consultant Nurse in Psychological Therapies in January 2012, a joint post between The State Hospital and the Forensic Network. Pat has a key clinical leadership role in the development of the matched stepped care model of delivery of psychological interventions in line with The Forensic Mental Health Matrix – Guide to Delivering Evidence Based Psychological Therapies in Scotland. Other key aspects of this role include developing and supporting the delivery of individual and group psychological interventions, as well as the education, training and development of nursing and other staff to support the delivery of low intensity psychological interventions, and the integration of therapeutic models within forensic services. The role also involves supporting the development of therapeutic environments and forensic mental health services that enhance and support the efficacy of psychological interventions.

 

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Jamie Pitcairn

Research & Development Manager
Jamie has been working as a researcher or research manager within the fields of Substance Misuse and subsequently Mental Health for over 15 years. Having completed an MA (Hons) in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen he pursued his interest in research by taking up a post of research assistant at the Scottish Centre for Research in Education. Jamie then returned to the University of Aberdeen to work for the Dept. of General Practice and Primary care as a research assistant, while completing a postgraduate MSc (Research) in Public Health and Primary Care. Prior to moving to The State Hospital and Forensic Managed Care Network as Research and Development Manager in early 2008; Jamie coordinated a programme of research to support the development and implementation of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2003 as part of the Health Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government. Jamie now promotes and supports research across the Forensic Network, and provides operational management for the Forensic Network Research Special Interest Group (FNRSIG).

Nicol Shadbolt

Forensic Network Manager

Nicol joined the Network in 2016 and has previously gained qualifications in psychology, and investigative forensic psychology (BScHons/MSc:D), whilst working as a University Assistant Dean. Nicol has a strong interest in research and following graduation was awarded a University teaching studentship working with undergraduate psychology, research methods, and MSc research methods students in England, where she achieved a SEDA qualification and HEA fellowship recognition. Following this, Nicol joined the Scottish Prison Service working in the forensic psychology department, where she was involved in delivering behavioural programmes and 1:1 work, developing training courses, conducting research, risk assessments, and writing new behavioural programmes.

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Louise Byrne

Forensic Network Administrator
Louise joined the Network in 2010. Before coming to the Network Louise worked at Bell College and has over 14 years administration experience. In her role as Forensic Network Administrator Louise is responsible for supporting many of the operational groups and clinical fora as well as supporting NOTA Scotland. Louise also has a BA in Business.

 

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Sharon Bruce

Forensic Network Administrator
Sharon has been a member of the Forensic Network Team since 2005. She has a key role in administering all work of the Forensic Network particularly managing patient information which facilitates work on patient pathway and regularly attends events to ensure they run smoothly. Before joining the Network Sharon held various administrations post gaining over 10 years experience. Sharon has a HNC in Administration and Information Technology.

 

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Deborah Walker

Forensic Network Administrator (School)
Deborah is the Administrator for the School and joined the team in March 2008. Deborah has gained a HND in Social Sciences and has over 10 years administration experience.
Deborah is the first point of contact for the School and her responsibilities include event management and provides project support and secretarial duties to all SoFMH members and groups.