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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
Declaration of interests:
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.