Reports and Psychological Assessments | Private Therapy Clinic

Medico-Legal/Expert Witness

Psychological assessments and Report Writing (also available via Skype)

People require medico-legal reports for a variety of reasons. If, for example, someone has been badly affected by an accident, or workplace negligence, or whatever, it’s not sufficient for them to simply appear in court and state that they have been suffering since the event; they need an expert witness to testify as to the symptoms they are experiencing, and the impact on their lives. Explaining and condensing often very complex issues to a format that is easy to understand and access calls for a range of highly specialised skills and quality time and attention to detail and a range of professional tools, as well as a distinct balance between empathy and objectivity.

Because the range of psychological and psychiatric disorders that may be relevant to a law case, or in other legally demanding situations, is considerable, we can provide medical legal expert witnesses with a range of expertise, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists (child and adult), counselling psychologists, educational psychologists, forensic psychologists, neuropsychologists and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. All are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RcPsych). As well, a number of our expert witnesses are also accredited by Cardiff University Law School/Bond Solon as Expert Witnesses which allows them to produce the highest quality Expert Witness reports for the courts.

While medico legal reports are often required for court hearings, they might also be requested by schools or other institutions, or even for personal reasons.

Our lead Psychological Dr. Becky Spelman will communicate with your or your solicitor about your report requirements and will recommend a expert from our large panel of practitioners to carry out the work. Dr Spelman will ensure the expert is highly experienced in the areas relating to your case and has a vast amount of experience writing reports for court and giving evidence in court.

Report turnaround: Approximately 2 weeks, we can also produce reports within 2 days in emergency cases.

 

 

Full Assessments 

Includes:

  • 2 hour assessment
  • Psychometrics
  • Details of any diagnosis,
  • The appropriate treatment recommended
  • Prognosis with the correct treatment
  • Prognosis if he/she she did not access this treatment
  • Experts opinion

Reviewing up to 10 pages of brief medical notes and legal documents (Instructions sent by solicitor are not counted)

 

Short Assessments 

Private Therapy Clinic also offer a short assessment to individuals who do not need an extensive report, this is often relevant when people do not need the report for court. This assessment can be carried out face to face or online via Skype.

Includes:

  • Initial consultation
  • Short letter with feedback, any diagnosis if relevant and recommendations for treatment.

 

Via Skype

Judges now recognise Skype as a valid way to assessment people for medico legal purposes.

 

We offer expert witness Psychological and Psychiatrist assessment and report writing in the following areas:

  • Asylum and Immigration cases
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Child and Adolescent
  • Trauma
  • Mental Capacity
  • Substance Abuse
  • Forensic
  • Risk assessments
  • Education
  • Child and Adolescence
  • Personality assessments
  • Diagnosis (DSM-IV and ICD-10)
  • Employment and Stress and Absence
  • University performance and mitigating circumstances

 

Required from you

Please email us instructions outlining the specifics of what you would like considered for this case. We can  suggest instructions which you can amend and agree on if you wish.

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