Dr Saal Seneviratne MB ChB, MRCPsych, FRSM

GMC: 3194625;

Specialist Register with a license to practice: Certificate of Specialist Training in General Psychiatry.

Revalidation date: 2022


  • The author is a registered medical practitioner, qualifying in the UK. He has over 24 years of experience in Psychiatry, and is a Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice. He is a Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine, is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a recognised Specialist in General Psychiatry. He trained at Guy’s and St.Thomas’ and South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust. 
  • He spent two years as a Clinical Research Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry, and has two years’ experience within the Prison Service. 
  • He practiced as a Metropolitan Police Forensic Medical Examiner, until 2012 and was part of the Metropolitan Police Authority’s working party on Safer Detention. He lectures to FMEs on psychiatric aspects of detention in Custody.
  • He has a special interest in ECT, and is a Royal College reviewer of ECT services in the UK and Ireland, and his own unit is recognised with excellence. 
  • He is an Undergraduate examiner for Imperial College Medical School, and lectures to postgraduate students.
  • He is on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses, Xpro and The Expert Witness Directory.
  • He is approved under Section 12(2) Mental Health Act 1983 as amended 2007. 
  • He is a recognised Approved Clinician under the MHA 1983 as amended 2007.
  • He is a Consultant Psychiatrist in part-time NHS hospital practice, in Rehabilitation Psychiatry, and manages patients of all ages with schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, and alcohol/substance misuse.
  • He is instructed on average 100 times a year (including mental health review tribunals) and by both prosecution and defence (60:40). 
  • He acts as a single joint expert as well as a professional and expert witness.

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.



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