Professor of Social Psychiatry, School of Social Sciences
MB, BS, FRCPsych
01978 727 142
I am primarily a clinical psychiatrist by inclination and by experience. I held NHS consultant posts for 21 years before I took my first substantive academic appointment in 2009. I have held my present post since 1st July 2012.
I trained at St George's Hospital, London and in Oxford.
From 1988 to 2004 I worked in a deprived part of central Liverpool. I was closely involved in establishing services such as the Criminal Justice Liaison Team and the Homeless Outreach Team. I worked with non-statutory mental health projects to develop better services for the Black and Chinese communities in the area.
In 2004 I moved to an NHS community psychiatry post in rural North East Wales. My present clinical role is in liaison psychiatry.
My long term research and academic interests centre on clinical skills and issues of clinical importance that affect deprived and marginalised people. These include substance misuse, especially alcohol, and the relationship between substance misuse and mental illness; the care of people with mental illness who experience long inpatient admissions, particularly those funded by the NHS but treated in the private sector; prescribing practice; public mental health measures to prevent suicide and self harm; and the relationship between social inequality and severe mental illness. I am also interested in mental illness and creativity, and in professional boundary violations at the interface between professionals' religious beliefs and their clinial practice.
In 2009 I formed a research collaboration with Professor Catherine Robinson which, in 2012, led to the establishment of the Centre for Mental Health and Society.
I have co-authored two books on clinical skills with Robert Higgo which have gained national and international recognition. A second edition of our book on interviewing will be published in 2017. A third book was published in 2014, entitled Mental Illness and Poverty. This was written with Robert Higgo and Catherine Robinson.
With Catherine Robinson I have a long-term collaboration with colleagues in Mysore, India. We have published work on Deliberate Self Harm and we have a suicide prevention programme in progress.
Professor of Social Psychiatry, School of Social Science, Bangor University. July 2012 -
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Wrexham Maelor Hospital. June 2009 -
Co-Director, Centre for Mental Health and Society, Bangor University 2012 -
Honorary Research Lead, National Centre for Mental Health, Wales, 2015 -
Chair, Executive Committee, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales, 2012 - 2016
Vice-President, Royal College of Psychiatrists, November 2015 - July 2016
Director and Specialist Adviser, Invited Review Service, Royal College of Psychiatrists, June 2013 -
Member, Finance Management Committee, Royal College of Psychiatrists, September 2014 -
Professor of Mental Health, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham. June 2009 - June 2012
Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist, North East Wales NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University, 2004 - 2009
Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist, Merseycare NHS Trust, Liverpool and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, Liverpool University, 1988 - 2004
Ryan T, Carden J, Higgo R, Poole R, Robinson CA (2016) An assessment of need for mental health rehabilitation amongst in-patients in a Welsh region. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology DOI 10.1007/s00127-016-1213-8 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00127-016-1213-8
Rajendra R, Krishna M, Robinson CA, Heggere N, Poole R (2015) A feasibility study to establish a Deliberate Self-harm Register in a state hospital in southern India. British Journal of Medical Practitioners 8(1): a807 http://bjmp.org/files/2015-8-1/bjmp-2015-8-1-a807.pdf
Poole R (2015) NHS morality and care based on compassionate values. Psychiatric Bulletin 39: 48-49 http://pb.rcpsych.org/content/39/1/48.2
Poole R (2015) The sacred, the profane and the Francis Report. The Psychiatric Bulletin.
Krishna M, Rajendra R, Majgi SM, Heggere N, Parimoo S, Robinson CA, Poole R (2014). Severity of suicidal intent, method and behaviour antecedent to an act of self-harm: A cross sectional study of survivors of self-harm referred to a tertiary hospital in Mysore, south India. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 12:134-139 http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/25441305
Lepping P, Schönfeldt-Leuona, Sambhi RS, Lanka SVN, Lane S, Whittington R, Leucht S, Poole R (2014) A systematic review of the clinical relevance of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 130:326-341. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acps.12276/full
Poole R (2014) Clinical implications of church attendance and suicide. British Journal of Psychiatry. 205; 248. http://bjp.rcpsyc.org/content/205/3/248.1
Poole R, Ryan T, Pearsall A (2014) Delayed discharges in an urban inpatient mental health service in England. Psychiatric Bulletin. 38:66-70. http://pb.rcpsych.org/content/38/2/66
Cook, CCH, Poole R, Higgo R (2012) Holistic Psychiatry. The Psychiatrist. 36: 235-236.
Bailey J, Poole R, Ruben S, Robinson CA (2012) Is alcohol consumption irrelevant to outcome in anxiety and depression? British Journal of Psychiatry 201: 326
Poole R, Higgo R (2011). Spirituality and the threat to therapeutic boundaries in psychiatric practice. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 14, 19-29.
Poole R, Robinson C, Poole L (2011). The problem with drink. Community Safety, 10 (1): 47-51
Lepping P, Sambhi RS, Whittington R, Lane S, Poole R (2011) "A systematic review of the clinical relevance of findings in trials of antipsychotics", British Journal of Psychiatry, 198, 341-345.
Komuravelli A, Poole R, Higgo R (2011). Stability of the diagnosis of first-episode drug-induced psychosis. The Psychiatrist. 35, 224-227
Poole R, Cook C (2011). "Praying with a patient constitutes a breach of professional boundaries in psychiatric practice". British Journal of Psychiatry. 199: 94-98
Poole R (2011). “Praying with a patient constitutes a breach of professional boundaries in psychiatric practice: Author’s reply”. British Journal of Psychiatry. 199: 518
Tungaraza TE, Gupta S, Jones J, Poole R, Slegg G (2010) “Polypharmacy and High Dose Antipsychotic Regimes in the Community”, The Psychiatrist, 34, 44-46.
Poole R, Higgo R, Strong G, Kennedy G, Ruben S, Barnes R, Lepping P, Mitchell P (2010) Concerns over professional boundaries remain unresolved. The Psychiatrist, 34: 211-212.
Poole R, Higgo R (2010) Psychiatry, religion and spirituality: a way forward. The Psychiatrist 34: 452-453.
Poole R, Higgo R (2009) “Postmodernism and psychiatry”, Psychiatric Bulletin, 33: 481 - 482.
Poole R, Bhugra D (2008) “Should Psychiatry Exist?” International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 54 (3), 195-6
Poole R. Higgo R, Strong G, Kennedy G, Ruben S, Barnes R, Lepping P, Mitchell P (2008) “Religion, Psychiatry and Professional Boundaries” , Psychiatric Bulletin, 32, 356-7.
Poole R, Higgo R (2017) "Psychiatric Interviewing and Assessment Second Edition", Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Poole R, Higgo R, Robinson CA (2014) Mental Health and Poverty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Poole R, Higgo R, (2008) “Clinical Skills in Psychiatric Treatment”, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Poole R, Higgo R (2006) “Psychiatric Interviewing and Assessment”, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Poole R, Robinson C.A. (2017) "Training General Hospital Doctors in Mental Health Assessment using GMHAT/PC as part of a suicide prevention strategy". Chapter in The Global Mental Health Assessment Tool, Ed. Shah V, Indian Psychiatry Society
Poole R, Tippett M (2016) “Mental health services in Wales: policy, legislation and governance”. Chapter in Management for Psychiatrists, Ed. Bhugra D. Bell S, Burns A. London: RCPsych Publications
Poole R (2015) “Emergencies involving alcohol” Chapter in Psychiatric Emergencies, Ed. Nicholls K. London: RCPsych Publications.
Poole R (2004) “Medical Diagnosis of Mental Illness”, Chapter in Good Practice in Adult Mental Health, Jessica Kingsley, Eds Ryan T and Pritchard J.
Brabbins C and Poole R (2000) “Substance Misuse in a Secure Environment”, Chapter in Forensic Mental Health Care Planning: Directions and Dilemmas, Churchill Livingstone, Eds. Merson D, Mason T, McKeown M, McCann G.
Poole R (1996) “General Adult Psychiatrists and Their Patients’ Children”, Chapter in Parental Psychiatric Disorder, 1st edition, Cambridge University Press, Eds. Gopfert M, Webster J, Seeman MV.
Ryan T, Carden J, Higgo R, Poole R, Robinson C.A (2016) An assessment of need for mental health rehabilitation amongst in-patients in a Welsh region. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51 (9), 1285 -1291.
Rajendra R, Krishna M, Robinson C.A, Heggere N, Poole R (2015) A feasibility study to establish a Deliberate Self-harm Register in a state hosital in Southern India. British Journal of Medical Practitioners. 8(1): a807
Krayer, A., Robinson, CA, Poole, R & Wolfendale, C (2013) Service provision for people with mental health and substance misuse problems – the relationship between stigma and social exclusion. Final Report to the National Institue for Social Care and Health Research.
Peck C, Tocque K, Poole R (2011). Scoping exercise: length of stay and readmission rates in Salford Adult Acute Mental Health Services. NHS Salford
Bailey J, Poole R, Zinovieff F, Robinson C, Parry O, Tocque K, Kennedy L (2011). Achieving positive change in the drinking culture in Wales. Alcohol Concern Cymru.
Poole R, Robinson C, Bailey J, Shelton C, Ruben S (2011). The DIAL study: Deaths Involving Alcohol In Wales. Research Report. Welsh Assembly Government.
Poole R, Ryan T, Pearsall A (2010). An investigation of delayed discharge amongst inpatients under the care of Manchester Health and Social Care Trust. NHS Manchester, Manchester City Council, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
Robinson C, Poole R, Slegg G, Ruben S, Bailey J (2009). Alcohol-Involved Death: A pilot study. Welsh Assembly Government.
Poole R, Robinson C.A (2016) Profile: Vanessa Cameron: Thirty-six years at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, BJPsych Bulletin, 40 (6), 341-345
Poole R, (2015) The sacred, the profane and the Francis Report. The Psychiatric Bulletin (In Press)
Poole R, (2015) NHS morality and care based on compassionate values. BJPsych Bulletin 39: 48-49
Poole R, Tully J (2014) Creativity and mental health. RCPsych blog zone Minds in music.
Poole R, Bentall R (2011) Inequality, deprivation and psychosis. BJPsych eletter.
Poole R (2010). Secularism as a Professional Boundary in Psychiatry. Royal College of Psychiatrists Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group archive:
Poole R (2009). Delenda Est Carthago! Cambridge Medicine Blog.
Poole R (2016) Stigma (keynote speech). Public symposium 'From stigma to inclusion: Understanding individual experiences of mental health' Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Uk. 26th April 2016
Poole R (2016) 'Still no direction home: 14 years of the virtual asylum'. UK branch meeting of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Preston, UK. 16th April 2016
Poole R (2016) 'Paved with good intentions: religion, psychiatry and boundary violations' Birmingham Medical Institute Section of Psychiatry, Birmingham UK. 5th April 2016
Poole R (2016) 'Musiciants, creativity and mental health'. Public Music & Mental Health Seminar, Leeds Music Hub, Leeds UK. 18th February 2016
Robinson C, Poole R (2015) 'Professional Boundaries in Clinical Practice: Findings from a Qualitative Study.' Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales annual meeting. Cardiff UK. 17th December 2015
Poole R (2015) 'Secularism and spirituality in psychiatric understanding of responsibility'. Presentation at Third UK Conference on Philosophy & Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists Philosophy & Psychiatry Special Interest Group, London, UK. 23rd September 2015
Poole R, Robinson C (2015) Ethics Workshop: Violations of professional boundaries related to religion and spirituality. International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Birmingham, UK. 30th June 2015
Grover R, Heald K, Liggett S, Tranter R, Robinson CA, Poole R (2013) A case study of a participant in the project In-Between-Ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during anti-depressant treatment. Poster presentation in : Proceedings of the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2-5th July 2013, Edinburgh, UK. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Poole R (2013) ‘Spiritual and boundaries in psychiatric practice’. Mysore Coercion – First Indo European Symposium on Coercion, Mysore, India, 2nd February 2013.
Since 2011, I have visited Mysore in South India at least once a year, working on research and clinical projects, and developing research infrastructure and skills. CFMHAS has received grants from the British Council, the Tropical Health Education Trust and the Welsh Government to support these visits. In November 2015, we organised a train-the-trainer event as part of our suicide prevention programme, which led to the first of a series of seminars to train general hospital doctors.