Dr Muj Husain

Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist

Dr Mujtaba Husain

Dr Husain is an experienced consultant psychiatrist who specialises in conditions affecting both the mind and the body.  He provides expert evidence in civil and family proceedings, including personal injury and medical negligence.

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Dr Husain is a consultant liaison (mind-body) psychiatrist and the consultant for the Maudsley Hospital’s Persistent Physical Symptoms Unit. He specialises in chronic physical symptoms including conditions such as Chronic Pain, ME/Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, persistent physical symptoms in long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms.

As a liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital, he works in medical and emergency settings with a wide range of mental health conditions. He has special expertise in conditions affecting both the mind and body, for example when physical health affects mental health or when an injury affects both physical and mental health. He also has expertise in the assessment of mental capacity.

He is Associate Medical Director for national and specialist services at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This includes management responsibilities for specialist services in neuropsychiatry, perinatal psychiatry, affective (mood) disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and psychosexual health.

He is Clinical Director for Mental Health at the Health Innovation Network where his experience includes providing advice regarding new health technologies and start ups.

He regularly advises the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in serious incident and complaint / negligence investigations.

He completed his training on the Maudsley training scheme. He is a graduate of the NHS Medical Director’s Clinical Fellowship Scheme where he gained experience of regulation with the General Medical Council. He is a past chair of the national committees for doctors in training at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

From 2019 to 2022 I was Associate Medical Director responsible for national and specialist services at the Maudsley, the Trust with the largest body of these services in the UK. These include the National Affective Disorders Unit, the National Psychosis Unit, Eating Disorders, Perinatal Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry and specialist anxiety, trauma, dissociation and psychosexual health services.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Husain has experience of providing expert reports in civil and criminal proceedings. He is comfortable giving oral evidence in court.

Cases undertaken

  • Fitness To Plead
  • Personal Injury
  • First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) Hearings
  • General Adult Psychiatry
  • Mental Capacity
  • Mood disorders: Anxiety, depression, bipolar affective disorder
  • Psychotic illness and schizophrenia
  • Somatoform / Conversion / Dissociative Disorders
  • Functional symptoms and Functional Neurological Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Persistent Physical Symptoms
  • Psychiatry in medical settings (Liaison Psychiatry)
  • Overlap between Physical and Mental Health
  • Persistent Physical Symptoms in long term medical conditions

Specialist assessments offered

Dr Husain can offer specialist assessments of persistent physical symptoms including chronic fatigue, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, physical symptoms in long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms.  He is able to provide expert advice and recommendations regarding complex persistent conditions affecting both the mind and body where there is no clear diagnosis or where there are multiple diagnoses.


Husain, M & Chalder, T. Medically unexplained symptoms: assessment and management. Clinical Medicine (Royal College of Physicians) Jan 2021, 21 (1) 13-18; DOI: 10.7861/clinmed.2020-0947

Rogers, J, Collins, G, Husain, M & Docherty, M. Identifying and managing functional cardiac symptoms. Clinical Medicine (Royal College of Physicians) Jan 2021, 21 (1) 37-43; DOI: 10.7861/clinmed.2020-0934

Chalder T, Patel M, James K, Hotopf M, Moss-Morris R, Ashworth M, Watts K, David AS, Husain M. PRINCE Secondary: transdiagnostic cognitive behaviour therapy for persistent physical symptoms. Psychol Med. 2021 Sep 7:1-2. doi: 10.1017/S0033291721003615. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34488923.

Patel M, James K, Moss-Morris R, Ashworth M, Husain M, Hotopf M, David AS, McCrone P, Landau S, Chalder T; PRINCE Primary trial team. Integrated GP care for patients with persistent physical symptoms: feasibility cluster randomised trial. BMC Fam Pract. 2020 Oct 7;21(1):207. doi: 10.1186/s12875-020-01269-9. Erratum in: BMC Fam Pract. 2020 Nov 6;21(1):226. PMID: 33028243; PMCID: PMC7542765.

Chalder T, Patel M, James K, Hotopf M, Frank P, Watts K, McCrone P, David A, Ashworth M, Husain M, Garrood T, Moss-Morris R, Landau S. Persistent physical symptoms reduction intervention: a system change and evaluation in secondary care (PRINCE secondary) – a CBT-based transdiagnostic approach: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry. 2019 Oct 22;19(1):307. doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2297-y.

Patel M, James K, Moss-Morris R, Husain M, Ashworth M, Frank P, Ferreira N, Mosweu I, McCrone P, Hotopf M, David A, Landau S, Chalder T. Persistent physical symptoms reduction intervention: a system change and evaluation (PRINCE)-integrated GP care for persistent physical symptoms: protocol for a feasibility and cluster randomised waiting list, controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2019 Jul 23;9(7):e025513. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025513.

Jones A, Todman H, Husain M. Mental health in South East London general hospitals: using electronic patient records to explore associations between psychiatric diagnoses and length of stay in a patient cohort receiving liaison psychiatry input. BJPsych Open. 2019 Oct 14;5(6):e90. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2019.79.


Dr Muj Husain has good availability, and he is also able to work within short time frames to complete reports as needed. He is an active NHS consultant psychiatrist, and his availability is best at weekends or evenings.

Qualifications and memberships


MA (Hons)

MB BChir (Cantab)

MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)

Professional memberships

Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007

GMC, on the specialist register with a sub-specialty accreditation in Liaison Psychiatry

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