Dr Michael Shortt

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Shortt

Dr Michael Shortt is a skilled and experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist who leads both inpatient and community mental health services. He provides expert evidence for criminal, civil and family courts. Dr Shortt also has extensive experience working with immigration tribunals.

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Dr Michael Shortt is a registered Medical Practitioner, approved under Section 12 (2) of the Mental Health Act 1983. He is currently recognised as an Approved Clinician by the Secretary of State for Health as having special experience in the diagnosis and the management of mental disorder. He is also recognised as an Approved Clinician by the Secretary of State for Health to make recommendations under Part II of the Mental Health Act in England and Wales and to provide medical reports for court, and hearings as a Medical Practitioner under Part III of the Act.

Dr Shortt has been providing reports to tribunals, hearings, county courts and the criminal courts since 2008. In particular he has extensive experience in working with the criminal, civil & immigration courts having provided copious reports assessing both mental and physical health status (including physical injuries and scarring) of clients to First and Upper Tiers courts. These reports have been in relation to Criminal trials, Civil hearings, Appeals, and Further Submissions around the mental and physical health needs of clients and their fitness to travel or be detained.

In addition to my Medical Director role at Mind Medics Ltd Dr Shortt currently works as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist employed by Hertfordshire Partnerships University NHS Foundation Trust. He obtained his primary qualification of a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery degree from Imperial College University in 1997 and in 2007 he became a member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

He has also completed basic psychiatric training at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. In addition, Dr Shortt has completed higher training in psychiatry at Springfield University in South West London and he was an Academic Clinical Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry at St George’s University of London (2008-2012). He assesses and treat adults with mental disorder who are both detained in secure care and who require on-going monitoring in the community setting.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Shortt has provided expert experience in criminal courts over several years in relation to the following matters:

  • Fitness to plead
  • Diminished responsibility
  • Capacity to form intent
  • Sentence under provision of section 37/41 of the Mental Health Ac

Dr Shortt also provides expert evidence in family and civil courts. He is well acquainted with the provision of evidence to the Health Education and Social Care Chamber First – tier Tribunal – Mental Health.


Languages spoken

  • English – Fluent

Cases undertaken

Criminal Expertise

  • Pre-Sentencing Reports
  • Risk Assessments, Risk Dangerousness
  • Fitness to Plead, Disposal Options
  • Attempted Murder, Murder, GBH, ABH (section 18, section 20)
  • Sexual Offending, SOPO
  • Domestic Violence
  • Arson
  • Suggestibility
  • Loss of control
  • Hospital Orders

Immigration Expertise

  • Victims of Trafficking
  • Victims of Torture
  • Mental Health
  • Victims of Modern Slavery

Specialist assessments offered

  • HCR-20 assessment of risk of violence in those persons experiencing mental health issues.
  • RSVP assessment of risk of sexual violence in those persons experiencing mental health issues
  • PCL-R assessment of psychopathy
  • IES-R assessment of subjective distress caused by traumatic events
  • ITQ assessment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or complex PTSD


Do community mental health teams caring for severely mentally ill patients adjust treatments and services based on patients’ antisocial or criminal behaviours?

Hodgins, A. Cree, F. Khalid, K. Patel, R. Sainz-Fuentes, M. Shortt, T. Makand M. Riaz.


In terms of availability I am happy to do both face-to-face assessment and video assessments as each case merits including assessments in the persons own home and traveling to the person being assessed.

I also undertake assessments within prison and IRC settings

Qualifications and memberships


  • MBBS Imperial College, London 1997
  • MSc Imperial College, London 2002
  • Gray’s Inn Course for Expert Witnessing Gray’s Inn Temple, 2006
  • MRCPsych Royal College of Psychiatrists
    • Part 1 (2005)
    • Part 2 (2007)
  • MBA (Healthcare Management) Open University 2018
  • Family Law and Procedure Course Bond Solon 2020
  • Civil Law and Procedure Course Bond Solon 2020


  • Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Member of General Medical Council
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine
  • Member of Medical Protection Society

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