Dr Nuwan Galappathie | Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
MBChB FRCPsych MMedSc LLM (Mental Health Law)
Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983



    • I am a licensed and fully registered medical practitioner and graduated from the University of Leeds, where I qualified with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 2001 with Distinction in Pharmacology.
    • I have obtained further higher degrees. This includes Master of Medical Sciences (MMedSc) in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of Leeds in 2006 following study and research in clinical psychiatry.
    • I obtained Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005 and Fellowship in 2020.
    • In 2008 I was awarded the degree of Master of Laws (LLM) in Mental Health Law by Northumbria University.
    • I am approved under section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983.
    • I have completed the ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised) and ADOS-II (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Version 2) both in 2014.
    • I have been awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome with Merit by Sheffield Hallam University in 2020.
    • I am registered with the General Medical Council as a specialist in Forensic Psychiatry GMC No 6025788.

Clinical training and experience

I undertook my higher professional training in psychiatry as a Specialist Registrar on the South West Forensic Training scheme between 2005 to 2008. This included training within medium and low secure conditions at Langdon Hospital, Dawlish. During this time I also worked within an open rehabilitation forensic learning disability unit.

I have trained within medium secure services at Fromeside Clinic in Bristol. This included training within a women’s medium secure unit.

During my forensic training, I also undertook 3-month placements at Rampton and Broadmoor High Secure Hospitals.

During my training as a Specialist Registrar, I also gained experience in the management of substance misuse disorders and young offenders.

From May 2009 to April 2020 I was a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at St Andrew’s Healthcare, Birmingham. During this time I worked within various medium and low secure wards where I managed patients with mental health conditions such as paranoid schizophrenia and personality disorder.

I also worked for 4 years within a unit for patients with learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Since April 2020 I have been working as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Coveberry Oldbury Rehabilitation Hospital (previously called Huntercombe Centre, Birmingham) where I manage a caseload of forensic patients with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and other conditions including paranoid schizophrenia.

I have managed patients transferred from prison, patients detained under civil and forensic sections and patients on Ministry of Justice restriction orders.

Expert witness training and experience

      • I regularly undertake update training as an expert witness. I have been awarded the Bond Solon Expert Witness Criminal Certificate from Cardiff University in 2011 and Civil and Family Certificates in 2020.
      • I am a vetted member of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI).
      • I am also a Tier-1 approved expert witness with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
      • I regularly prepare psychiatric reports for the courts including for the Criminal, Civil and Immigration courts.
      • I have prepared more than 1000 psychiatric reports for the courts and regularly provide expert evidence in court.
      • I am a member of the British Medical Association (BMA) Membership No 8100620 and also hold full medical indemnity insurance.
      • I am aware of the adverse criticism in the immigration case of CE (Cameroon) [2023] UKAITUR PA011122020, in relation to an immigration report I initially wrote in 2020 with subsequent addendum reports. The criticism was also reported by a national newspaper. I acknowledge those criticisms and have completed the relevant learning required to address the learning needs arising from CE. I have learned the required lessons from CE and have taken the criticisms on board when preparing subsequent expert reports including within subsequent immigration cases. I would highlight that I have received positive feedback before and after the CE judgment, this includes the more recent judgment UI2022001859 [2023] UKAITUR (1 September 2023). In this judgment, the Upper Tribunal Judge comments: “27. … The Judge accepted Dr Galappathie’s expertise …The Judge [FTT Judge] was particularly impressed by paragraph 97 of Dr Galappathie’s evidence and set it out in his Decision and Reasons at paragraph 27. I set it out too…” The Judge found also that there was no reason not to accept [my opinions] in full(paragraph 30).

Research, Publications and Presentations

I am the first-named author within a number of peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on various mental health and medico-legal topics including an article on ‘Reforming fitness to plead and stand trial legislation in England and Wales’ BJPsych Advances, 2020.

I have also published a paper on ‘Civil and forensic patients in secure psychiatric settings’ published in the BJPsych Bulletin, 2017.

I have also written a book chapter on the epidemiology of mentally disordered offending, ‘Mental disorder and offending’ in the Handbook of Secure Care, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2015.

I have also published an article on ‘Patients awareness of the mental health tribunal and capacity to request a tribunal’ in The BJPsych Bulletin, 2013.

I also regularly present at conferences this includes presenting, ‘E-learning for End of Life Care’, Glasgow, 2017. I have also presented, ‘Epidemiology of mentally disordered offending’, Krakow, 2014 and co-presented a workshop on ‘Diminished Responsibility’, Berlin, 2011.


    • Galappathie N & Shaw A (2020) Reforming fitness to plead and stand trial legislation in England and Wales. BJPsych Advances. 26(1): 8-15 (2020).
    • Galappathie N & Khan S (2016) Civil and forensic patients in secure psychiatric settings: a comparison. BJPsych Bulletin. 41(3): 156-159 (2017).
    • Galappathie N, Khan S (2015) End of Life Care in psychiatry: ’one chance to get it right. BJPsych Bulletin. 40(1): 38-40 (2016).
    • Galappathie N, Seth V & Begum A (2014) Clozapine re-trial in a patient with repeated life threatening pneumonias. Acta Biomed. 85(2): 175-9.
    • Galappathie N & Khan (2014) Clozapine associated pneumonia and respiratory arrest secondary to severe constipation – Med Sci Law 54(2): 105-9.
    • Galappathie N & Harsh R (2013) Clozapine and refractory diabetes treatment. Journal of Diabetes Nursing 17: 112–5.
    • Galappathie N, Harsh R, Thomas M, Begum A and Kelly D (2013) Patients’ awareness of the mental health tribunal and capacity to request a tribunal. The Psychiatrist, 37:363-366.
    • Galappathie, N. Jethwa, K & Herramun R (2010) Completion of risk assessment and monitoring within forensic psychiatry. Medicine, Science and the Law. 49: 88-92.
    • Galappathie, N & Vakili K. Detecting Memory Malingering: a case study. British Journal of Forensic Practice. 11: 20-24.
    • Galappathie, N & Jethwa, K (2010) Diminished Responsibility and Alcohol. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 16: 193-198.
    • Galappathie, N. Jethwa, K & Andonovska, B. (2008) An audit of basic record keeping standards: lessons to be learned from the Royal College of Physicians. Medicine, Science and the Law. 48(2): 155-158.
    • Galappathie, N. (2008) Community Treatment Orders; Evidence base and economic impact. [Correspondence]. Psychiatric Bulletin. 32: 154.
    • Galappathie, N & Heeramun, R. (2008) [Correspondence] Limitations of observational studies with known confounders. Psychiatric Bulletin, 33: 437-438.
    • Galappathie, N. Hill, S & Jethwa, K. (2007) Teaching Forensic Psychiatry with Problem Based Learning. Medical Teacher. 29: 283.
    • Galappathie, N & Heeramun, R. (2008) [Correspondence] Limitations of observational studies with known confounders. Psychiatric Bulletin, 33: 437-438.
    • Galappathie, N & Jethwa, K. (2007) Admission physical examinations performed within the settings of medium security. British Journal of Forensic Practice. 9: 15.
    • Galappathie, N & Jethwa, K. (2006) Careers in Forensic Psychiatry. British Medical Journal [Career Focus]. 333: 133-134.
    • Jethwa, K & Galappathie, N. (2008) Community Treatment Orders. British Medical Journal, 337: a613.
    • Jethwa, K. Galappathie, N & Hewson, P. (2007) The effects of a crisis resolution and home based treatment team upon inpatient admissions. Psychiatric Bulletin. 31: 170-172.
    • Jethwa, K. Galappathie, N & Hewson, P. (2007) [Authors Reply]. Psychiatric Bulletin. 31: 399.
    • Jethwa, K & Galappathie, N. (2006) European Computer Driving License [Correspondence]. Psychiatric Bulletin. 30: 36.
    • Lawson, F. Galappathie, N. Jethwa, K. et al. (2006) Anticholinergics for neuroleptic-induced parkinsonism [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD005964.


Book Chapters

    • Galappathie, N & Shaw A. Clozapine: Medical Uses, Interactions and Side Effects. Nova Science Publishers. Chapter: Side Effects and Safety Considerations (2020).
    • Fisher D, McGinty M, Sandhu J, Galappathie N. Forensic Psychology: Crime, Justice, Law, Interventions 3rd Edition (BPS Textbooks in Psychology). Chapter: Interventions with Mentally Disordered Offenders (2017).
    • Galappathie, N. Handbook of Secure Care. Royal College of Psychiatrists. Chapter: Mental Disorder and Offending (2015).

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