Dr Lara Cleland

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Lara Cleland

Dr Lara Cleland is an experienced forensic psychiatrist who provides expert evidence in criminal proceedings.

Instructing Dr Lara Cleland

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Dr Cleland is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist who has worked in a varied range of clinical settings. She completed her Core Training in Psychiatry under the Central and North West London and West London Training Scheme in 2017. This covered a range of specialities including General Adult Psychiatry, Old Age Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

After her Core Training, Dr Cleland joined the North Central and East London training programme for higher training in Forensic Psychiatry.During this time she experienced working across all levels of secure hospital care, including high security, as well as prison settings. She has experience across both the mental illness and personality disorder pathways.

Dr Cleland is currently a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at St Andrew’s Healthcare.

Dr Cleland is currently completing the Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Cleland has given oral evidence in court. She has given evidence matters of fitness to plead and to assist the court in sentencing. As a practising psychiatrist she is able to give her opinion about the suitability for hospital orders under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007.

Case undertaken

Dr Cleland has experience of providing psychiatric reports in various legal proceedings including;

  • Fitness to plead and stand trial
  • Sentencing
  • Insanity defence
  • Mental Health Tribunal Hearings

Specialist assessments offered

HCR-20 to assess and manage risk of violence


Poster and oral presentation at the South Eastern Division Research Conference


Dr Cleland has good availability, she currently dedicates 2 sessions per week to this.  She is able to work within short timeframes to deliver reports.

Qualifications & Professional memberships


  • MBBS

Professional memberships:

  • MRCPsych (member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
  • Diploma and Member of The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of The Royal College of Physicians.
  • Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007
  • Medical Protection Society
  • British Medical Association
  • General Medical Council

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