About the authors

Jonathan Hurlow, MBBS, MRCPsych

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist; Royal College of Psychiatrists Professional Practice & Ethics Committee Member; Honorary Secretary of the Birmingham Medicolegal Society; Birmingham Medical Institute Psychiatry Division Chair, Tamarind Centre, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham.


Dr Hurlow attended medical school in Newcastle, completed foundation years in Sunderland, undertook core training in psychiatry in the South London & Maudsley scheme, and completed higher training in the Forensic Psychiatry North London scheme.


He developed a passion for psychiatric ethics, political reform and open debate by contributing to the Maudsley Philosophy Group & Debates, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Philosophy in Psychiatry Special Interest Group, the Professional Practice & Ethics Committee, the Birmingham Medical Institute and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform. Additional interests include personality disorder, mentalisation-based therapy and creativity.


Email: jonathon.hurlow@nhs.net


Declaration of interests: None



Richard Burrows, MBChB, MRCPsych

ST4 in Forensic Psychiatry, Tamarind Centre, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham.


Dr Burrows attended medical school in Leicester, completed foundation years in Leicester, undertook core training in psychiatry in the West Midlands, and continued to higher training in forensic psychiatry in the same area.


He has a special interest in medical education.


Email: richardburrows@nhs.net


Declaration of interests: None




Saba Mattar, MBChB, MRCS (ENT) 2013-14, MRCPsych

Higher Trainee Forensic Psychiatry, Reaside Clinic, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Rednal, Birmingham.


Dr Mattar attended medical school in Birmingham and completed her foundation training in the West Midlands. She initially had career intentions within the field of ENT and undertook a clinical fellow year and core surgical training in Severn. She then realised that her passions did not lie within this specialty and she made the decision to undertake training within psychiatry.


She completed her core psychiatry training in the West Midlands and has now commenced higher specialty training in forensic psychiatry. She currently sits on the secure services working groups for substance use and physical health. She has continued to expand her interests in teaching by completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, taking opportunities to teach core psychiatry trainees and medical students from The University of Birmingham.


Email: saba.mattar1@nhs.net


Declaration of interests: None



Shazad Khuram Farooq, MD, MRCPsych, CCT Forensic Psychiatry

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Lakeside View Hospital, Priory group of hospitals, Willenhall.


Dr Farooq attended medical school in Iasi, Romania, completed foundation years and psychiatry core training in Black Country, West Midlands, and completed specialist training in forensic psychiatry.


He has a special interest in psychological therapies, including mentalisation-based therapy. Additional interests include autistic spectrum conditions and understanding the interlinks between religion, mental health and terrorism.


Email: shazadfarooq@nhs.net


Declaration of interests: Dr Farooq is a practising Muslim.

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