The Balham Poisoner and the story of the Tea Cup Poisoner that changed Forensic Psychiatry - Speaker: Tim McInerny

Date: 08/07/21

Time: 6pm

Venue: Online


Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist Dr Tim McInerny will present a contemporary case of killing and subsequent poisoning by a mentally disordered offender and the issues the case raises about modern forensic risk assessment and management. Dr McInerny will then discuss the historical case of Graham Young, also known as the Teacup Poisoner, a high profile poisoner and killer in the 1960s whose serious reoffending lead to the first major reviews of forensic psychiatry and the development of secure psychiatric services. He will explore the similarities between the two cases 60 years apart.

Dr Tim McInerny was Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Broadmoor Hospital from 1999 to 2007 where he ran the Young Persons Unit, and Clinical Tutor at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Since 2007 he has been Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the River House Medium and Low Secure Units at the Bethlem Royal Hospital where he is the clinical lead for pre-discharge rehabilitation. His team provides inpatient treatment and care for men aged 18-65, who have mental health problems and a history of serious offending. His pre-discharge ward is for people who have responded well to treatment and are being prepared for discharge from hospital to the community. He has wide medical legal experience and has given evidence in courts for the prosecution and defence in serious criminal cases. He has provided over 400 expert psychiatric reports to the criminal courts, tribunals, probation, parole boards, the MoJ, Serious Fraud Office and family courts. He regularly lectures on forensic issues and participates in the training of medical students, expert witnesses, Judges and lawyers. He is a Fellow and Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn. He is a medical member of the MHRT and psychiatrist member of the Parole Board. Dr McInerny is a strong advocate for using art and creative therapies as an integral part of a patient’s recovery. He has been visiting psychiatrist to the Falkland Islands for 14 years

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