Dr Stephen Attard

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Stephen Attard

Dr Stephen Attard is an experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist who works in a prison and who provides expert evidence in criminal, civil and family proceedings.

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Dr Stephen Attard is a skilled consultant forensic psychiatrist who has experience of leading clinical services and medical teams.  Dr Attard is employed by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant forensic psychiatrist.  He works in the close supervision centre as the lead psychiatrist, the psychology-informed offender personality disorder service, the prison ADHD clinic, and the court liaison and diversion service at Uxbridge Magistrates Court.  He has extensive experience in other clinical settings including male low and male medium security, male and female psychiatric intensive care, locked rehabilitation, community forensic outreach and liaison, and in private outpatient services. Read our interview with Dr Attard about his experiences as a prison psychiatrist.

Dr Attard’s experience of working with the most mentally unwell and vulnerable people is well established. He has led male and female psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) as well as medium and low secure mental health units for mentally disordered men. He has direct experience of working in high security, having completed training at Broadmoor Hospital, and community practice, having overseen a large caseload of out-of-area patients whilst working for Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Dr Attard is a trusted, able and respected expert witness with vast experience of providing expert evidence in criminal proceedings. He also has direct experience of immigration proceedings. Watch an interview with Dr Stephen Attard here. 

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Attard regularly gives oral evidence in court. He has given evidence in crown court on matters of fitness to plead, insanity, diminished responsibility and to assist the court in sentencing. As a practising psychiatrist he is used to giving his opinion about the suitability for hospital orders under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007. In individuals where a restricted hospital order is required (under provision of sections 37/41 of the Mental Health Act), the court requires the oral evidence of at least one medical practitioner; Dr Attard has direct experience of giving such evidence. Dr Attard is familiar with giving evidence before the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier tribunal for mental health. Dr Attard speaks confidently and informatively.

Case undertaken

Dr Attard has experience of providing psychiatric reports in various legal proceedings.  He is most commonly instructed in the following types of cases:

  • Fitness to plead and stand trial
  • Issues at criminal trial including capacity to form intent, insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility
  • Parole Board reviews and appeals
  • Capacity (including matters before the Court of Protection)
  • Housing (he is regularly asked to comment on whether someone has a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 and on specialist areas such as hoarding)
  • Immigration (he is commonly asked to comment on the individual’s fitness to fly, the effect on the individual’s mental health in the event of their removal to their country of origin, and entitlement to be registered as a British citizen)
  • Personal injury (he is often asked to form opinions about psychiatric harm, causation, and quantum)
  • Public law proceedings under the Children Act 1989

Specialist assessments offered

  • HCR-20 to assess and manage risk of violence
  • PCL-R to assess for psychopathy
  • M-TTAF informed risk assessment of firesetting


Languages spoken

  • English – Fluent


Attard, A., Attard, S., Stanniland, C., Iles, A., Rajappan, K., Moazami, S., & Maclennan, F. (2023). Management of Psychiatric Conditions in Patients With Comorbid Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: A Literature Review and Case Vignette. The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders, 25(1), 45268.

Attard, A., Attard, S., Stanniland, C., Iles, A., and Rajappan, K.  Brugada Syndrome – should we be screening before prescribing psychotropic medication? Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. January 2022. doi:10.1177/20451253211067017

Attard, A., Iles, A., Attard, S., Atkinson, N., & Patel, A. (n.d.). Clozapine: Why wait to start a laxative? BJPsych Advances, 1-10. doi:10.1192/bja.2019.42

Kolla, N.J., Attard, S., Craig, G., Blackwood, N. and Hodgins, S., 2014. Monoamine oxidase A alleles in violent offenders with antisocial personality disorder: high activity associated with proactive aggressionCriminal behaviour and mental health24(5), pp.368-372.

N. J. Kolla, S. Gregory, S, Attard, N. Blackwood, S Hodgins. Disentangling possible effects of childhood physical abuse on gray matter changes in violent offenders with psychopathy: Psychiatry Res. 2014 Feb 28; 221(2): 123–126

Kolla, N.J., Malcolm, C., Attard, S., Arenovich, T., Blackwood, N. and Hodgins, S., 2013. Childhood maltreatment and aggressive behaviour in violent offenders with psychopathyThe Canadian Journal of Psychiatry58(9), pp.487-494.

Berman J, Attard S; Forensic Psychiatry, Chapter 31 Core Psychiatry 3rd edition , 2011 (EIselvier)​

Ali, S. Attard; Auditing the care programme approach for people with learning disability: a 4 -year audit cycle – Psychiatr. Bull., Nov 2006; 30: 415 – 418

To view Dr Attard’s publications on ORCID visit: https://expertcourt.link/stephenattardpub


Dr Attard dedicates time each week to his medicolegal practice. He is responsive and flexible when arranging assessments and visits. He is prompt in the delivery of his reports and is willing to take on urgent assessments without compromising on quality.

Qualifications & Professional memberships



Professional memberships:

FRCPsych (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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