10th – 11th October 2019
The Metropolitan, Dubai

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The annual Maudsley Conference provides updates on best practices and cutting edge advances in child,
adolescent and adult mental health services. The event will bring together some of the greatest minds
in the fields of psychiatry and mental well-being. This will be a stimulating and educational
event for healthcare and school professionals featuring lectures and panel discussions
with internationally recognized speakers.

Jo Fletcher
Managing Director
Maudsley Health

Shafqat Malik
Managing Partner

Welcome Note

In its fourth year, it is our pleasure to bring the greatest minds in mental health to discuss the important updates and cutting-edge advances in child, adolescent and adult mental health services.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the Conference, we are very pleased you are joining us this year, as the panel of speakers are internationally recognized in their fields.

We are proud to have the expertise from the Maudsley Hospital, the oldest psychiatric institution in the world, and local expertise from Al-Amal Psychiatric Hospital, as well as Maudsley Health, Abu Dhabi.

The sessions this year will address relevant topics facing professionals in their practice, and we hope this information will be stimulating and support those delivering care to patients with mental health difficulties.

Dr Bruce Clark
Conference Chair Day 1

Clinical Director
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mohamed Abdul-Maksoud
Conference Chair Day 2

Clinical Director
Maudsley Health, Al-Amal Psychiatric Hospital
Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE


Day 1 | Thursday 10th October

Day 2 | Friday 11th October


Dr Clark is a senior consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and an expert in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), leading the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Service at the Maudsley Hospital.  

He is the Clinical Director for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Clinical Academic Group at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This involves providing clinical leadership to nearly 600 staff within the service.

Dr Clark is an advisor to the UK Department of Health, The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence as well as The Royal College of the Psychiatrists.

He is a member of the Special Advisory Group to the national charity OCD action.

He is one of twelve UK based senior clinicians who was selected to advise nationally on the development and commissioning of high quality child and adolescent health services.

Dr Georgina Krebs is an Honorary Principal Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Clinic for Young People, at the Maudsley Hospital. 

She is an accredited therapist with the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy, and provides training both locally and nationally in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and anxiety disorders.

She jointly coordinates the child and adolescent mental health teaching programme for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London.

Professor Murphy is a consultant psychiatrist in both the National Autism Unit and the Behavioural Genetics Clinic. He is also the Academic Director of South London and Maudsley’s Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group.

Professor Murphy is Head of the Section of Brain Maturation at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is currently leading a brain imaging project funded by the Medical Research Council to investigate autism, and a Department of Health clinical research programme investigating ADHD and autism.

Professor Murphy’s main research interest is in the biological determinants of brain development and ageing, and how abnormalities in this process lead to neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr Mohamed Abdel Maksoud is a senior consultant psychiatrist and the Clinical Director for Maudsley Health at the Al-Amal Psychiatric Hospital, the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s Hospital for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Dr Abdel-Maksoud graduated in 1997 from the prestigious Ain Shams University in Egypt and completed three years of post-graduate psychiatric training in Birmingham, United Kingdom. He obtained Membership of The Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2007 and completed his higher specialist training in general adult psychiatry at South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, in London.

He obtained the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in general psychiatry from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in January 2011. He then worked as a consultant psychiatrist in Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, in South East England, until he moved to the U.A.E in September 2012.

Professor David Taylor is Director of Pharmacy and Pathology at the Maudsley Hospital, Professor of Psychopharmacology at King’s College, London and Honorary Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry.

Professor Taylor is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology and Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences in King’s Health Partners.

He has previously been President of the College of Mental Health Pharmacists and Chairman of the UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group. 

Professor Taylor has been the lead author of the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines since their inception in 1993. The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines have sold over 200,000 copies in eleven editions and been translated into nine languages.

David has also authored over 200 clinical papers in journals such as the BMJ, British Journal of Psychiatry and Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. These papers have been cited over 5000 times.

Professor Taylor has an H Index of 41.

Dr Ougrin is currently a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry leading the Supported Discharge Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.  He is also a lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry.

Dr Ougrin leads a programme of information exchange between the UK and Ukraine and organizes annual conferences on psychiatric services’ development in Ukraine. His main professional interests include prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm.

Dr Ougrin is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel mode of assessment for the young people presenting with self-harm in emergency. He is the chief investigator of a randomized controlled trial of Supported Discharge Service versus Treatment as Usual in adolescents admitted for in-patient care.

Dr Ougrin leads the research, education and training portfolio for Maudsley Health.

Dr Emad Farrag is a UK trained senior consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who has relocated from the world renowned Maudsley Hospital, London, to join the child and adolescent mental health team in Maudsley Health Abu Dhabi.

He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. He is also registered as an Approved Clinician of the Mental Health Act 1983.

As a consultant, Dr Farrag led the development of child and adolescent services at one of the largest private mental health service providers in the United Kingdom and was instrumental in the development and delivery of integrated child and adolescent psychiatric services in residential educational settings for children with autism.

Dr Farrag is a Founding member and Executive Board member of the United Kingdom ADHD Partnership (UKAP) and a member of the UKAP Training Subcommittee where he has developed and delivered teaching modules to raise awareness of ADHD in primary care, educational settings and with parents. He has also been keen in advocating early detection and intervention in childhood and transition into adult ADHD. He has developed and led a specialist clinic for Adult ADHD in the UK.

Dr Qassem graduated in Ain Shams University in Egypt where he worked as a Lecturer in Psychiatry after earning his Medical Doctorate. He then pursued further training in Old Age Psychiatry in the UK before attaining a Consultant role.  His responsibilities as a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry included leading the neurocognitive clinic which assessed and managed patients experiencing cognitive symptoms. 

Dr Qassem was the chairperson for the Research and Innovation Committee in one of West Midlands National Health Service Trusts (serving a population of 1.1 million) and held Honorary Fellow and Senior Lecturer positions in the University of Warwick as well as Aston University.

Dr Qassem is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at Dubai Medical School and an Associate Professor at Ain Shams University in Egypt.  

Dr Qassem has published several publications in high impact journals such as The British Journal of Psychiatry and the British Medical Journal and has authored chapters in several books in different areas of psychiatry.

Dr Qassem joined Maudsley Health earlier this year as the Clinical Academic Lead for Mental Health Services for Older Age at the Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital.

Prof. Amany Haroun El Rasheed, is a Professor in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University since 2007. Currently, she works as a consultant psychiatrist at Al Amal Hospital, Ministry of Health, Dubai, UAE.

Prof. Amany was a NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow in Johns Hopkins University, year 1998-1999.

Prof. Amany was the first to run an addiction clinic in a University Hospital in Egypt. Moreover, she has been sharing in its development and running of drug and alcohol abuse treatment services in the Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Prof. Amany shared in many researches on addiction as well as other psychiatric disorders, which are published both nationally and internationally. She also published a book with the title: “Basic Principles of Substance Use Disorders”

Dr Abdul-Mohsen Alhumoud joined Maudsley Health early 2019 as the Clinical Academic Group Lead for Forensic Services at the Al-Amal Psychiatric Hospital, Dubai.

Dr Abdul-Mohsen was the main psychiatrist working with the Parliament of Kuwait and the Ministry of Health on writing Kuwait Mental Health Law that was recently passed in January 2019.

As an activist for the rights of the mental health patients and to improve awareness into mental health and forensic psychiatry, Dr. Alhumoud is passionately involved in conducting workshops and training courses for mental health professionals and people working in the law field from judges, public prosecutors, and lawyers in Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

Dr Mohtasim Qamruddin commenced his psychiatry training in Wales, UK from 2003. He attained Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2007. After completing higher specialist training, he received CCT, Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2011 in General Adult Psychiatry with endorsement in Addictions. He has worked as a Consultant in General adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in West Wales, UK from August 2011 till October 2017, when he moved to UAE. He attained post graduate qualification from the esteemed Oxford University and got accreditation from British Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) in 2016.

He became Royal College tutor and Programme Director for West Wales training programme in 2012. He was appointed as Training Programme Director for core training in wales deanery in 2015. During his tenure, he was responsible for various initiatives including standardization of annual assessments for trainees (ARCP), introduction of communications skills training based on motivational interviewing and centralised all Wales CBT training. He has co conducted workshops in Royal College Annual Post Graduate Training Conference, UK.

Dr Victoria Mountford, BA(Hons), DClinPsy, has joined Maudsley Health from the prestigious South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in London, Eating Disorders Service.  Victoria combines her clinical work with research and teaching. She has twenty years’ experience of working with individuals with eating disorders and body image concerns and their families.

She is a BABCP accredited practitioner, supervisor and trainer. She was part of the founding team who developed FREED, the first early intervention eating disorder service in London, UK. 

She has published widely. Her research interests include early intervention, body image and cognitive behaviour therapy.

Dr Victoria is an experienced supervisor, has taught on a number of UK Doctorate in Clinical Psychology courses and regularly presents at international conferences.

Dr Yasir Abbasi is a Maudsley Health Consultant Psychiatrist and the Clinical Academic Group Lead for Addiction Services at the Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital, Dubai.  He is recognized by the General Medical Council as a dual specialist in General Adult and Substance Misuse Psychiatry.

He has considerable experience in treating moderate to severe mental illnesses and addictions; including alcohol, opiates (heroin), cocaine and stimulant dependence. He has had training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well.

In 2013 he won the doctor of the year award in Leeds, UK. He has appeared on national radio and television programs in the UK and also writes for newspapers to increase awareness about various mental health and addiction issues. He has had many publications in peer reviewed journals and newsletters.

He is the founding trustee of PAIN (Pain Killer Addiction Information Network) charity in the UK. In 2017 he was shortlisted for Psychiatry Communicator of the Year award by The Royal College of Psychiatrists and Doctor of the Year award by Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in the United Kingdom. He has been examining for the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board Examination (PLAB) and has also been appointed as an examiner for the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych).

Claire Neil is the Maudsley Health Nurse Manager, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at the Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital in Dubai. Prior to relocating to the UAE, Claire was a Practice Development Nurse at the national and specialist inpatient services at the Maudsley UK.

Within the UAE, Claire undertook a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist role in Maudsley Health, Abu Dhabi, working with a wide range of children and young people with mental health difficulties including autism, mood disorders and psychosis.

Claire offers individual and other types of evidence-based interventions such as CBT, family work and group-based interventions. She is trained on a variety of specialist assessments including the ADOS and Incredible Years (Webster Stratton).

Claire is an experienced supervisor of nurses and of other professionals and also has experience in teaching. She has provided regular teaching to nurses and other professionals within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and lectured at a number of universities in London.

Dr Ateeq A Qureshi is an experienced consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who trained in the United Kingdom and worked for more than a decade in the UK NHS before moving to the UAE and taking up post in Maudsley Health.

He currently serves as the Clinical Academic Group Lead for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital, Dubai.

Dr Qureshi has extensive experience in community and inpatient settings with both adolescents and younger children, covering a range and severity of psychiatric presentations such as ADHD, Autism, OCD, Eating Disorders, Emerging Personality Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis.

He was instrumental in leading the development of a successful highly specialist Autism and Learning Disability Mental Health service in the UK NHS. 

Dr Qureshi is passionate about evidence-based innovation and has an interest in researching the role of new technologies on mental health and the development of technological solutions for mental health care of children and adolescents.