Dr Reena Panchal

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

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Dr Reena Panchal is an experienced forensic psychiatrist who provides expert evidence in criminal proceedings.

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Dr Reena Panchal is a forensic psychiatrist who has worked in a variety of forensic settings as well as in general adult psychiatry services. Dr Panchal completed core psychiatry training in 2017 which involved placements in general adult psychiatry, intellectual disability and old age psychiatry. She is now undertaking higher training in forensic psychiatry within the west midlands and is currently working in Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. Dr Panchal has worked in female and male secure hospitals and has undertaken clinics in male category A and B prisons and a youth offender establishment. She has a breadth of experience in dealing with persons with serious mental illness and personality disorders. In addition to clinical work, Dr Panchal is lead in a number of quality improvement projects particularly focusing on improving risk management and service pathways in secure settings.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Panchal has given oral evidence in court including crown court and mental health tribunal hearings.

Specialist assessments offered

  • HCR 20 to assess and manage risk of violence
  • IPDE to assess for personality disorder

Cases undertaken

Dr Panchal has experience of providing psychiatric reports to assist the court in dealing with matters related to fitness to plead, capacity to form mens rea, sentencing and psychiatric defences (insanity, diminished responsibility).

  • Specialist assessments offered
  • HCR 20 to assess and manage risk of violence
  • IPDE to assess for personality disorder


  • Jack A, Panchal R, Soaring Seas, Forest Fires, and Deadly Drought: All in the Mind? Accepted by BJ Psych Bulletin, November 2020
  • Panchal R, Jack A, The contagiousness of memes: containing the spread of COVID-19 conspiracy theories in a forensic psychiatric hospital BJPsych Bulletin (2020) doi:10.1192/bjb.2020.120
  • Rowland, T; Jainer, A; Somashekar, B; Panchal, R Is Lurasidone Weight Neutral? International Medical Journal . Apr2019, Vol. 26 Issue 2
  • Rowland T, Jainer A, Panchal A, Living with Obsessional Personality, BJPsych Bull. Decemebr 2017; 41(6): 366–367. doi: 10.1192/pb.41.6.366a
  • Grewal J, Panchal R, A Career in Psychiatry, May 2017, BMJ 2017;357:j1544
  • Panchal R, Demystifying Psychiatry Book Review, BJ Psych, July 2011 Vol 199 No1
  • To view Dr Panchal’s publications on ORCID visit: https://expertcourt.link/reenapanchalpub


Dr Panchal is able to promptly complete assessments and provide reports in a timely manner.

Qualifications & Professional memberships

  • MBChB
  • MRCPsych
  • Approved under Section 12 (2) of Mental Health Act 1983, as amended 2007

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