Dr Stephen Attard

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

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Dr Stephen Attard

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Stephen Attard is an experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist who works in a prison and who provides expert evidence in criminal, civil and family proceedings.

Dr Stephen Attard is a skilled consultant forensic psychiatrist who has experience of leading clinical services and medical teams. After completing his medical training at the University of Aberdeen, he completed his training in London where he worked in a variety of different settings. Since 2018 he has been employed by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust as the prison psychiatrist at HMP Woodhill (a core local establishment serving courts across the Thames Valley Region as well as Northamptonshire) which also holds category A prisoners and operates a close supervision centre for some of the country’s most disruptive, challenging and dangerous prisoners.

Dr Attard’s experience of working with the riskiest, most mentally unwell and vulnerable people is well established. He has led male and female psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) as well as medium and low secure mental health units for mentally disordered men. He has direct experience of working in high security, having completed training at Broadmoor Hospital, and community practice, having overseen a large caseload of out-of-area patients whilst working for Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Dr Attard is a trusted, able and respected expert witness with vast experience of providing expert evidence in criminal proceedings. He also has direct experience of immigration proceedings.

Dr Attard has given oral evidence on several occasions. He has given evidence in crown court on matters of fitness to plead, insanity, diminished responsibility and to assist the court in sentencing. As a practising psychiatrist he is used to giving his opinion about the suitability for hospital orders under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007. In individuals where a restricted hospital order is required (under provision of sections 37/41 of the Mental Health Act), the court requires the oral evidence of at least one medical practitioner; Dr Attard has direct experience of giving such evidence. In his day to day practice, Dr Attard is familiar with giving evidence before the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier tribunal for mental health. Dr Attard speaks confidently and informatively.

Dr Attard has experience of providing psychiatric reports in various legal proceedings.  He is most commonly instructed in the following types of cases:

  • Fitness to plead and stand trial
  • Issues at criminal trial including capacity to form intent, insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility
  • Public law proceedings under the Children Act 1989
  • Immigration
  • Personal injury
  • HCR-20 to assess and manage risk of violence
  • PCL-R to assess for psychopathy
  • M-TTAF informed risk assessment of firesetting

Attard, A., Iles, A., Attard, S., Atkinson, N., & Patel, A. (n.d.). Clozapine: Why wait to start a laxative? BJPsych Advances, 1-10. doi:10.1192/bja.2019.42

Kolla, N.J., Attard, S., Craig, G., Blackwood, N. and Hodgins, S., 2014. Monoamine oxidase A alleles in violent offenders with antisocial personality disorder: high activity associated with proactive aggressionCriminal behaviour and mental health24(5), pp.368-372.

N. J. Kolla, S. Gregory, S, Attard, N. Blackwood, S Hodgins. Disentangling possible effects of childhood physical abuse on gray matter changes in violent offenders with psychopathy: Psychiatry Res. 2014 Feb 28; 221(2): 123–126

Kolla, N.J., Malcolm, C., Attard, S., Arenovich, T., Blackwood, N. and Hodgins, S., 2013. Childhood maltreatment and aggressive behaviour in violent offenders with psychopathyThe Canadian Journal of Psychiatry58(9), pp.487-494.

Berman J, Attard S; Forensic Psychiatry, Chapter 31 Core Psychiatry 3rd edition , 2011 (EIselvier)​

Ali, S. Attard; Auditing the care programme approach for people with learning disability: a 4 -year audit cycle – Psychiatr. Bull., Nov 2006; 30: 415 – 418

Dr Attard dedicates time each week to his medicolegal practice. He is responsive and flexible when arranging assessments and visits. He is prompt in the delivery of his reports and is willing to take on urgent assessments without compromising on quality.



Professional memberships

MRCPsych (member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)

Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007

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