Dr Alexandra Blackman

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Alex Blackman is a consultant forensic psychiatrist who is experienced in providing expert evidence in criminal, civil and immigration proceedings.

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Profile

Dr Blackman is a consultant forensic psychiatrist who has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has experience of completing a diverse range of expert reports. She completed both core psychiatric training and higher specialist training in forensic psychiatry at the Maudsley Training scheme in South London. She has experience of working across all levels of security, including community services and low, medium and high security inpatient units. This has included a specialist female service in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust between 2016 and 2017, and a specialist acute personality disorder service at Broadmoor high secure hospital, meaning that Dr Blackman is comfortable working with a wide range of clinical scenarios.

Since August 2020 Dr Blackman has been employed by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust as a consultant forensic psychiatrist in the forensic outreach and liaison service (FOLS).

Dr Blackman completed the Gray’s Inn Expert Witness Course in 2019.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Blackman has experience of providing expert reports in criminal, civil and immigration matters. She is comfortable giving oral evidence in court. In her clinical practice, Dr Blackman is familiar with giving evidence before the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier tribunal for mental health. As a forensic psychiatrist she regularly gives an opinion regarding the suitability of hospital orders under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007.

Cases undertaken

Dr Blackman has experience of providing psychiatric reports in various legal proceedings including:

  • Fitness to plead and stand trial
  • Sentencing including hospital orders and hybrid orders
  • Issues at criminal trial including capacity to form intent, insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility
  • Housing
  • Immigration

Specialist assessments offered

  • HCR-20 to assess and manage the risk of violence
  • PCL-R to assess for psychopathy
  • RSVP to assess and manage the risk of sexual violence

Publications

Blackman, A. The Mental Capacity Act: applications and interface with the Mental Health Act. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, June 2019, Vol 80, No 6.

Roberts E, Jones L, Blackman A et al. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus and abnormal glucose metabolism in the inpatient psychiatric setting: a systematic review and meta-analysis. General Hospital Psychiatry 45 (2017) 76-84

Junior Doctor Magazine Winter edition 2014 ‘Medicine: from Cradle to Grave and from Camera to Culture; why film is as important to medicine as it has always been’.

Availability

Dr Blackman has good availability. She is able to turn around assessments and reports in a timely way without compromising quality.

Qualifications and professional memberships

Qualifications

BMBS

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

Medical Defence Union

British Medical Association

General Medical Council

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