About the authors

Derek Kenneth Tracy, MBBCh, BAO, MSc, FHEA, FRSA, FFFMLM, FRCPsych

Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London; Senior Lecturer, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London.


Dr Tracy completed medical training in Dublin before undertaking psychiatric training at South West London and St George's, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. He is a consultant psychiatrist and Clinical Director at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, working primarily in home treatment. He is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, where he runs several MSc modules, and a visiting senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University College London.


Dr Tracy's research interests include novel psychoactive substances, psychopharmacology and implementation of evidence-based care into large health systems. He undertakes medico-legal work, with a particular interest in malingering, and he has provided pro bono assistance to the human rights organisation Reprieve on the mental health of clients facing execution. He sits on the editorial board of the BJPsych, writing its 'Kaleidoscope' and 'Highlights' columns and running its podcasts, blogs and Twitter feed. He also tweets on mental health more generally @derektracy1.


Email: derek.tracy@nhs.net


Declaration of interests: None.



Keith John Barkclay Rix, BMedBiol, MPhil, LLM, MD, FRCPsych, Hon FFLM

Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, University of Chester; Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.


Professor Rix's involvement in the forensic field began in the 1960s, when he lived in hostels in London with ex-offenders and assessed prisoners for hostel admission. He qualified in medicine in Aberdeen in 1975 and trained in psychiatry in Edinburgh and Manchester. As a lecturer in psychiatry in Manchester he carried out his doctoral research under the supervision of Professor (now Sir) David Goldberg. In 1983 he moved to Leeds as a senior lecturer in psychiatry and became a visiting consultant psychiatrist at HM Prison, Leeds.


Professor Rix established the Leeds Magistrates' Court Mental Health Assessment and Diversion Scheme and the city's forensic psychiatry service. He has provided expert evidence to the courts for over 30 years, including on a pro bono basis in capital cases in the Caribbean and Africa. He is the author of Expert Psychiatric Evidence, co-author (with his wife, Elizabeth Lumsden-Rix) of Alcohol Problems, and editor of A Handbook for Trainee Psychiatrists. He is also a past Chairman of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and part-time lecturer in the Department of Law, De Montfort University, Leicester.


In February 2015, Professor Rix was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. In both 2016 and 2017, Lawyer Monthly voted him Expert Witness of the Year in the forensic psychiatry category.


Email: drrix@drkeithrix.co.uk


Declaration of interests: None.

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