Dr Anil Kumar

Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disability with interest in Forensic Psychiatry

Dr Anil Kumar

Dr Anil Kumar is an experienced psychiatrist with over 30 years experience as consultant who has provided expert evidence in Court of Protection cases, criminal matters, mental health review tribunals and in personal injury cases.

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Profile

Dr Kumar became a consultant in learning disability in 1989 when he treated patients in secure settings and developed his forensic interest. In 2004 he became the medical member of the mental health review tribunal panel (now retired). In 2010 he became the Second Opinion Appointed Doctor (SOAD) for Wales.

He has received training in assessment of capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and has good working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007). In addition to his psychiatric training he has graduate and post graduate qualifications in law.

Throughout this period he has carried out medico-legal psychiatric assessments in mentally abnormal offenders, as independent psychiatrist in mental health review tribunals, in Court of Protection matters dealing with deprivation of liberty and in personal injury cases for claimants and defendants.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Kumar has given oral evidence in Crown courts on matters of fitness to plead, insanity, diminished responsibility and to assist the court in sentencing.  He has given oral evidence as independent psychiatrist in numerous mental health tribunals.

Cases undertaken

Dr Kumar has experience of providing psychiatric reports in a variety of legal settings. He is commonly instructed in the following types of case:

  • Court of Protection matters (capacity to make decisions about residence and care, capacity to litigate and testamentary capacity)
  • Fitness to plead and stand trial, diminished responsibility
  • Personal injury
  • Mental health review tribunal / First-Tier tribunal

Specialist assessments offered

  • Assessment of capacity under Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • HCR-20 ( to assess and manage the risk of violence )
  • RSVP (to assess the risk of sexual violence)
  • MCMI (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory)- to assess clinical syndromes and personality disorders in adults
  • SCL-90-R (Symptom Check List-90)- to assess self report symptom dimensions.
  • SIP (Structured Interview for PTSD)

Publications

Kumar  A. Secondary Affective Disorder in a Survivor of Cardiac Arrest- A Case Report . British Journal of psychiatry (1988), 153, 836-839

Availability

Dr Kumar has good availability to see patients at short notice. Dr Kumar is able to visit clients in their usual place of residence, hospital or place of detention. Dr Kumar is able to travel throughout the north of England and north Wales.

Qualifications and memberships

Qualifications

MBBS           University of Lucknow              1971

MRCPsych   Royal College London            1985

MSc              University of Manchester        2000

LLB               Open University                      2001

LLM              Northumbria University           2003

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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