Old age psychiatry experts

We provide older adults psychiatry expert witnesses and court reports

What is an old age psychiatrist expert witness?

A psychiatrist is a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental disorders. Psychiatrists can subspecialise in several areas, one of which is the care and treatment of older adults, generally accepted to be over 65-year-olds. Old age psychiatrists also manage the care of those with needs relating to the ageing process, meaning that they may treat those under the age of 65 with certain conditions, for example, early-onset dementia.

Old age psychiatrist expert witness

How specialist is an old age psychiatrist expert?

All psychiatrists will have completed an average of five years of training at medical school before two years of foundation training, gaining a basis in different medical specialities. Trainees then start core psychiatry training, which lasts a minimum of three years and during which time the exams to join the Royal College of Psychiatrists take place. After this, trainees choose to subspecialise in one of a number of areas of psychiatry, one of which is in old age psychiatry. This takes on average a further three to four years.

Some trainees choose to start dual training in two subspecialties following core training. Old age psychiatry may be combined with general adult psychiatry, for which the training is slightly longer.

Old age psychiatrists have experience in a wide range of mental health conditions, including serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder, depression, self-harm and suicide, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol and substance misuse and cognitive disorders such as dementia. Old age psychiatrists are particularly experienced in managing the complex overlap between psychiatric and physical health conditions.

Why might you need to instruct an old age psychiatry expert witness?

Old age psychiatry expert witnesses may be instructed for an expert opinion in any case involving a mental disorder related to the ageing process, or a mental disorder occurring in an adult over the age of 65.

It may be appropriate to instruct an old age psychiatrist expert witness in a case of clinical negligence, for example in an older adult in whom delirium, a medical emergency, has been erroneously attributed to acute confusion caused by cognitive decline. This can have serious, potentially fatal consequences if the underlying causes of delirium are not assessed and promptly treated.

Another relatively common cause for requiring expert evidence from an old age psychiatrist is in housing law. There are many reasons why older adults may struggle to maintain a tenancy. Hoarding, whilst it does not only affect older adults, tends to be more common in this age group. Underlying causes of hoarding, including depression, anxiety and cognitive decline, are commonly assessed conditions in old age psychiatry.

In criminal cases, old age psychiatrists are often instructed to assess fitness to plead, give expert evidence on psychiatric defences including the insanity plea and diminished responsibility, and give sentencing recommendations. This may be particularly relevant for cases where there is a specific disorder typically associated with advanced age. For example, in a case where a defendant with recent personality changes and memory loss has been charged with a violent offence, it may be important to seek the input of an expert in old age psychiatry to rule out a cognitive impairment. Likewise, the expert evidence of an old age psychiatrist can aid in the court in determining what role, if any, such a cognitive impairment may have had in the defendant committing said offence, and whether or not this means that they lack the capacity to form intent to commit the offence.

Incidences where an old age psychiatry expert may be instructed include:

  • Clinical negligence
  • Psychological/psychiatric injury
  • Personal injury
  • Fitness to plead assessments
  • Psychiatric defences and sentences
  • Capacity assessments including related to appointing a lasting power of attorney and testamentary capacity
  • Housing law, including problems with hoarding and maintenance of a tenancy
  • Cases related to a cognitive decline and dementia, regardless of age
  • Cases of delirium
  • Any case where diagnosed or suspected mental disorder has relevance for a client over the age of 65

What experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have a highly experienced and well-respected old age psychiatry expert witnesses on our panel, Dr Anees Syed and Dr Jaleel Mohammed. Dr Syed is an experienced psychiatrist who provides expert evidence in civil and criminal proceedings.

Dr Syed has specialist experience in assessing people with memory problems irrespective of age group. He regularly manages patients presenting with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. He sees patients with functional mental health disorders in his practice including Depression, Anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Functional Cognitive disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Affective disorder.

Dr Mohammed is a consultant forensic psychiatrist who provides expert evidence in criminal, civil and family proceedings.

Dr Mohammed is currently based at St Magnus Hospital, Oldercare (Haslemere) as responsible clinician for patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in low-secure and locked ward settings. He sees patients with a variety of mental health disorders, including Cognitive disorders, Dementia, Addictions, Phobia, Schizophrenia and Depression.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

A good old age psychiatry expert witness should come with years of clinical experience as well as specific competencies to act as an expert witness. Look for someone who has established expert witness experience. Our old age psychiatry experts Dr Syed and Dr Mohammed have many years of clinical practice and established experience of acting as an expert witness.

How quickly can you provide a report?

At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession. We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be. However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale. The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny. All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.

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If you would like to find out more about how our old age psychiatry expert witness could assist you, please call us on 01865 587865, email office@expertcourtreports.co.uk, or request a quote by completing our online form.

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