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Dr Rix's Qualifications, Training and Expertise

I am a medical graduate of Aberdeen University where I obtained a Bachelor of Medical Biology (Honours) degree in neurophysiology in 1972 and qualified Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1975. I have obtained higher degrees of Master of Philosophy (Edinburgh) and Doctor of Medicine (Aberdeen) following study and research in psychiatry. I have been awarded the degree of Master of Laws (Distinction) in Medical Law and Ethics by De Montfort University, Leicester. I obtained the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1979 and was elected to the Fellowship in 1991. I became a Chartered Biologist and Member of the Institute of Biology in 1985. In 1995 I became a Member of the Academy of Experts. In 1997 I became a Member of the Expert Witness Institute and in 2002 I was one of the first to be elected Fellow.

My experience of the forensic field goes back to 1966 when I first lived in hostels for ex-offenders and undertook assessments of prisoners for after-care hostels. My general professional training in psychiatry was in Edinburgh from 1976 to 1979 and I undertook higher training as Lecturer in Psychiatry at Manchester University between 1979 and 1983. Between 1983 and 1990 I was Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist at St. James's University Hospital, Leeds, and also since 1983 I have been Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist at H.M. Prison, Leeds. From 1990 to 2000 I was Consultant Psychiatrist and then Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in Leeds and responsible for the city forensic psychiatry service and the Leeds Magistrates' Courts Mental Health Assessment and Diversion Scheme. I am a subscribing member of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Medico-Legal Society of London. I am a Member and Past President of the Leeds and West Riding Medico-Legal Society. Between 2000 and 2006 I undertook locum consultant positions in general adult, forensic, learning disability and old age psychiatry in the NHS.

I am now a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at The Grange, where I have a medicolegal and clinical practice, and at Cygnet Hospital, Wyke. My recent medicolegal cases include Ian Brady, Harold Shipman and Mariette Bosch (the first white woman to be hanged in post-Colonial Botswana).

I am the author of books on alcohol problems and editor of A Handbook for Trainee Psychiatrists. My research publications include: drunkenness offenders in a Scottish police court, psychiatric disorder in prison, alcohol problems in the elderly, alcohol problems in the fishing industry, arson, court assessment and diversion schemes and psychiatric reactions to CS exposure. My published case reports concern capacity, false imprisonment, intent, needle phobia, out of court silence, thyroid disorder and attempted murder, an appeal against a section 41 restriction order, the defence of provocation in battered woman syndrome and psychiatric evidence at an agricultural land tribunal. I am also the author of 'Fit to be interviewed by the police?', 'Expert evidence and the courts' and 'The New Civil Procedure Rules' for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a paper 'Working with psychiatric problems in probation', and a paper on 'Psychiatric reports in criminal proceedings in England and Wales'.

“But is it not in the nature of the process of any trial that the experts respond to what they hear being said by other witnesses, that they constantly reappraise and re-evaluate their own opinions, and if they genuinely think there might be a new explanation that has come to light, they are obliged to relay that to Counsel?”

Angus Moon QC commenting on Lillywhite v University College London Hospitals NHS Trust [2006] Lloyd’s Rep Med 268

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