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Dr Prakash Raviraj

Professional Description:

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist



Expert Psychiatry Reports
16b Station Road
Cheadle Hulme
Area of work:

North West and Yorkshire


Dr Raviraj is an independent Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist based in Manchester. He has authored reports to the Crown, Magistrates and Family Courts. He has acted upon the instructions of CPS and the defence teams.

He has unique clinical experience of working in high, medium, low secure and community forensic psychiatric services. He has extensive experience of working in various prisons across the North of England. He regularly provided reports to the local Criminal Courts on offenders with mental health issues whilst working as a substantive consultant in the last 10 years.

He worked as a full time consultant at the Spinney in the last 5 years in Atherton where he specialised in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of mentally disordered offenders.

He previously worked as a NHS consultant for 6 years at the Edenfield Centre, Prestwich Hospital, Manchester. In that role as a NHS gatekeeper, he advised district psychiatric services, local prisons, MAPPA, probation and Social Services, in the Greater Manchester area, regarding the risk management of referred patients.

He was awarded LLM in Mental Health Law from Northumbria University in May 2010; his dissertation was: ‘Murder by mentally ill - A review of the Defences of Insanity and Diminished Responsibility’.

Dr Raviraj speaks Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil languages.

He will endeavour to submit his report within three weeks of receipt of all paperwork and can provide reports much earlier if all the information is provided with the initial request.

He will be available to visit clients at solicitor’s offices or at home to provide reports in time.

His areas of interest are:
Assessment of mental capacity
Mental health review tribunals

Criminal matters:
Diminished responsibility and homicide cases
Psychiatric assessments for fitness to plead and fitness to stand trial
Pre-sentence psychiatric reports
Assessment for learning disability in the context of offending
Assessment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Asperger’s Syndrome.
Intoxication and criminal responsibility
Sexual offences and suitability for Sex Offending Treatment Programme
Violence risk assessments
Self harm/Suicide risk assessments
Addictions psychiatry

Immigration and asylum seeker mental health issues

Parole board reports

Care proceedings:
Parenting capacity, risk assessments to determine placement
Mental Health- Substance misuse, Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Affective disorders and other psychiatric conditions


Approved Clinician (AC) training, Approved under Section 12 (2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Forensic Psychiatry, Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in Mental Health Law


Medical Member of the First Tier Tribunal-Mental Health, Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych), Member of Faculty of Leadership and Management, Medical Protection Society

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