Our Advisors

 
 
 

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Dr Roger Banks

MB, ChB, FRCPsych, FRCGP(hon), FIPD

Roger is Programme Lead and Consultant in Psychiatry of Learning Disability, North Wales NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, College of Health and Behavioural Sciences at Bangor University.

Throughout his career, Roger has maintained a clinical interest in psychotherapy for people with learning disabilities and was one of the founder members of the IPD and previously the Association for Psychotherapy in Learning Disability.

Roger is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and co-editor of the College Report on Psychotherapy and Learning Disability (2004) and the joint report (with BPS and RCSLT) on Challenging Behaviour - A unified approach (2007).  He was also a member of the scoping group that produced the report on Psychological Therapies in Psychiatry and Primary Care (2008). Roger is a former Vice-President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
 

Dr Jon Van NiekerkNew Consultants

Dr Jon van Niekerk

MBChB, MRCPsych
 

Jon van Niekerk is a newly appointed consultant Adult Psychiatrist working in Bolton for Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Jon was part of the first cohort of the now established Medical Leadership Programme in the North West Deanery. Jon received the Dragon’s Den Junior doctor innovation award in 2010 and secured funds to establish and evaluate Balint style case discussion groups for foundation doctors in Bolton.

He was elected as the national chair of the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2009 – 2010) and has a particular interest in increasing recruitment to the specialty. He was a founding member of the Manchester Psychiatry Society (student led society) which promotes discussion and debate about mental health issues and currently has more than 300 members.

Jon is interested in mental health policy and change management in healthcare. He has conducted research into "New Ways of Working" and its impact on the role of consultants and the wider service.
 

Professor John WattisPsychiatry of Older People and Coaching

Professor John Wattis

FRCPscych, DPM, Dip HSM, MB, ChB

John was appointed visiting Professor of Psychiatry for Older Adults at Huddersfield University in 2000. In 2005 he retired from his NHS consultant post in the specialty.  John was responsible for pioneering old age services in Leeds where he worked as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer for nearly twenty years.

He graduated from Liverpool Medical School and worked at the Liverpool   Royal Infirmary. After a spell in Uganda, he returned to the UK and trained in psychiatry in Birmingham and Nottingham where he was the first Lecturer in the innovative University Department of Health Care of the Elderly. He was Medical Director of a large Community and Mental Health Trust and since his “retirement” he has provided medical management support and expertise to several NHS organisations.

He is a former Chairman of the Faculty for Psychiatry of Old Age and the higher training advisory committee for doctors in general and old age psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has published research on the development of old age psychiatry services, alcohol abuse in old age, the prevalence of mental illness in geriatric medical patients, educational issues in old age psychiatry, outcomes of psychiatric care for older people and memory services.
 
He has co-written or edited a number of books in the field of Old Age Psychiatry. A recent project has been a new book Practical Management and Leadership for Doctors. He is trained as a life and business coach and alongside his academic work continues to support people working in the NHS, Higher Education and Voluntary sectors through coaching and mentoring.


Dr Tony Zigmond
Mental Health Legislation

Dr Tony Zigmond

FRCPsych

Tony Zigmond has been a consultant in adult psychiatry for nearly thirty years. He writes and lectures extensively on mental health law and has designed and delivered Section 12 and Approved Clinician courses since their inception. Tony has served as a Mental Health Act Commissioner and SOAD and has advised both the Care Quality Commission and the Department of Health.
 
As Vice President and Royal College of Psychiatrists lead on the reform of the Mental Health Act, Tony gave evidence to two Parliamentary Select Committees (draft Mental Incapacity Bill and Draft Mental Health Bill) and Parliament's Speaker's Conference. He was a Special Advisor in the House of Lords during the Mental Health Bill’s passage through Parliament. He has also advised on mental health law reform in a number of other countries.