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Psychiatric Services

WillisPalmer has a team of highly trained and experienced psychiatrists available.

WillisPalmer has a team of highly trained and experienced psychiatrists available to provide high-quality assessments and reports throughout the UK. Our psychiatric practitioners are able to assess both children and their families, providing recommendations and advice.

Where Our Psychiatrists Can Help

Addiction and Substance Misuse

One in three people are addicted to something according to the charity Action on Addiction. The most common addictions are gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine. Addiction is a treatable condition that be helped with therapy

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum. Certain therapy can help children with autism including play and behavioural therapy.


Mental capacity means being able to make your own decisions. Someone lacking capacity - because of an illness or disability such as a mental health problem, dementia or a learning disability – cannot understand information given to them about a particular decision, retain that information long enough to be able to make the decision, weigh up the information available to make the decision or communicate their decision.  Psychiatrists often are called on to provide an opinion to the court regarding a person's capacity.


Depression is a low mood that lasts for a certain period and affects your everyday life. Mild depression can mean being in low spirits. It doesn't stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do. Severe depression can make you feel suicidal.

Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is an unhealthy attitude to food, and can include under eating, binge eating or making yourself sick after meals. Treatment varies depending on the type of eating disorder, but will usually involve some kind of talking therapy.

Fitness to Plead

Fitness to Plead is a fundamental concept of criminal justice and relates to a defendant’s ability to understand and participate in the legal process, a prerequisite to a fair trial. The assessment of fitness to plead is carried out by psychiatrists and determined by a judge. Our psychiatrists can carry out Fitness to Plead assessments.

Forensic Risk

Forensic risk assessment aims to predict the likelihood that an individual will commit a violent or anti-social act. WillisPalmer has experienced and highly trained forensic risk assessors to carry out this work.


Children and young people who have experienced neglect during childhood are at an increased risk of experiencing psychiatric disorders and can benefit from assessments which can ascertain the extent of the problems.

Parental Mental Health

Children of parents with severe mental health problems experience greater levels of emotional, psychological and behavioural problems than children and young people in the rest of the population. Psychiatrists can therefore help with assessments.

Personality Disorders

A person with a personality disorder thinks, feels, behaves or relates to others very differently from the average person. There are several different types of personality disorder. Treatment for a personality disorder usually involves a talking therapy, which WillisPalmer can assist with.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Trauma

PTSD can affect anyone who has been through a harrowing experience, who has been abused or tortured, or who knows someone who this has happened to.  There are both psychological and physical aspects to PTSD, so there are both psychological and physical treatments for it including psychotherapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. We have experienced professionals who can carry out these treatments.

Our psychiatrists can carry out assessments of children and families and offer recommendations. We also provide a range of therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Theraplay and Art Therapy. See our therapy services for more detailed content.

Quality Assurance

A key principle of WillisPalmer is to promote and protect the welfare of children. Therefore, we strongly believe that a rigorous quality assurance process is central to this aim. We invest heavily in a robust system to ensure reports are comprehensive, focused on the needs of the child and provide a detailed response to instructions. 

WillisPalmer has recruited a team of Quality Assurance Consultants to quality assure all reports before they are filed with the instructing party. The QACs have been personally selected by the chief executive because of their significant experience in both undertaking specialist reports, and managing the quality of reports over many years.

This means that you can have peace of mind that not only has the report been carried out by an experienced and highly trained professional, but that this work goes through a further process to ensure it is of the highest standard, meets the needs of the instructing clients and - above all - is child-focused and centres around the needs of the child or children.

Read more about our QA process.

Who are our services for?

A wide range of organisations can benefit from the services we provide. this includes;

  • Local authorities
  • Courts
  • Independent organisations
  • Residential homes

Why is this important?

One in 10  young people has some form of diagnosable mental health condition and  half of all mental health problems are established before the age of 14. Early intervention can prevent problems escalating and have major societal benefits.

However, cash strapped local authorities have had to scale back their early intervention services to focus money on child protection and crises and with thresholds to NHS specialist services CAMHS so high, many children are missing out on the help they need. In fact, research by the Education Policy Institute found that over a quarter of referrals to specialist children’s mental health services were rejected in 2018-2019 due to high thresholds.

The wider economic costs of mental ill health in England are estimated at £105bn each year and it is therefore imperative that children and families can access high quality psychiatric services.

WillisPalmer can provide mental health and psychiatric services to children who are in dire need of mental help support but are not deemed 'ill enough' to access NHS services. Local authorities and courts should contact WillisPalmer to provide urgent help for young people swiftly without the lengthy NHS waiting lists.

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