About the authors

Hugh Grant-Peterkin, BSc, MB ChB, MRCPsych

Fellow in Medical Education, East London NHS Foundation Trust & Queen Mary University of London.


Dr Grant-Peterkin qualified in medicine at Bristol Medical School in 2005. He undertook an intercalated BSc in Healthcare Ethics & Law at KCL and has published papers relating to decision-making capacity in psychiatric in-patients, as well as immigration detainee populations.


He is currently an honorary research fellow at QMUL/Barts and The London School of Medicine focusing on medical student professionalism and well-being.


Email: hugh.grant-peterkin@elft.nhs.uk


Declaration of interests: Dr Grant-Peterkin volunteers for a charity which provides support to asylum detainees, and is also a member of the RCPsych working group on the mental health of asylum seekers.



Alexandra Joy, BSc (Hons), BM BS, MRCPsych

Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


Dr Joy qualified in medicine at Peninsual Medical School in 2008 after previously obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science. She is currently a consultant in a community mental health team in Sussex and is also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.  


She has a background in medico-legal report writing and has spent several years working with a charity which provides independent medical assessments and medico-legal reports for asylum detainees. 


Email: alexandra.joy@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk


Declaration of interests: Dr Joy volunteers for a charity which provides support to asylum detainees.


The authors would like to thank Professor Cornelius Katona and the other members of the RCPsych working group who co-authored Psychiatric reports: preparation and use in cases involving asylum, removal from the UK or immigration detention: College report CR199. (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2015).

Report CR199 was the starting point for this online module and their work was partly based upon it.


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