Dr Yasir Abbasi
Dr Yasir Abbasi
Consultant Psychiatrist and CAG Lead-Addictions.
Al Amal Hospital, UAE
Dr Yasir Abbasi is currently the Lead of the Addictions Clinical Academic Group for Maudsley Health at the Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital. Prior to that he was the Clinical Director of the addiction services at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. During the span of almost a decade of being a consultant psychiatrist, Dr Abbasi has contributed to the development of addiction services in the UK, contributed towards academia, increased awareness about mental health and addiction, set up a charity and passionately supported various causes.
In Liverpool, he was instrumental in not only retaining NHS addiction services at a time when they were being reduced elsewhere, but is also was key to expanding the services to other areas. He was instrumental in launching ‘Take Home Naloxone’ in Liverpool in 2018, which included giving patients a drug to take home which reversed opioid overdose and saved lives. He is associated with over twenty publications in peer reviewed journals. He has spoken widely at various national and international scientific conferences across the world. Dr Abbasi is an examiner at the General Medical Council for the PLAB exam as well as MRCPsych examiner at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.
He has written for national newspapers and has been interviewed, quoted and published by numerous print media outlets across the world, including Independent, Guardian and Newsweek (USA). He has been constantly raising awareness about mental health and addictions and has been featured on numerous occasions on prime time television as well as radio.
Along with Cathryn Kemp, he set up the Painkiller Addiction Information Network (PAIN) charity in 2016 which was the only charity at that time whose purpose was to raise awareness about this issue and successfully lobbied the government to order a review into painkiller addiction. Public Health England (PHE) commissioned the review in 2019 and Dr Abbasi was part of the expert reference group.
Dr Abbasi represented his NHS trust and the charity he works for during the British Parliament All Parties Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Prescribed Drug Dependence (PDD) meetings, supporting the need to increase and improve services for those who suffered from this illness.
Dr Abbasi is a member of the transcultural psychiatry special interest group at the Royal College of Psychiatrist and has increased awareness regarding mental health within South Asian.
Dr Abbasi has been the recipient of a number of awards including; Doctor of the year award by Yorkshire Evening Post in 2013 and the doctor of the year award in 2019 by the Association of Pakistani Physicians in United Kingdom (APPSUK). He has also been short listed for a number of awards including; the Royal College of Psychiatrist in 2017 for the communicator of the year award across the United Kingdom, 2017 health finance management association as a doctor of the year in 2017 and Consultant of the year award by the North West division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.