Dr Roger Roger AlmvikDr Roger Roger Almvik is Research Director at St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway. Dr. Almvik is also chairman of the European Violence in Psychiatry research group and a number of  national and international board positions. His professional background is Mental Health Nursing with nearly 20 years of clinical experience in acute and forensic psychiatric services. Dr. Almvik has published widely and did his PhD on short term risk assessment in 2008.


Prof Tilman SteinertProf Tilman Steinert was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1957. He went to Medical School at Ulm University. He received a German doctorate in medicine in 1984 (Dr.med.). After 2 years in Internal Medicine he started his Medical Education in Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychotherapy in Zwiefalten and Weissenau psychiatric hospitals (1985 – 1991).

  • 1997 Habilitation (German PhD), Ulm University, on aggressive behaviour in schizophrenia
  • 1997 Founding of and since then head of the working group for the prevention of violence and coercion in Germany
  • 1991-2001 Senior Consultant, Department of Social Psychiatry
  • Since 2001 Head of Department Acute Psychiatry
  • Since 2001 European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group member
  • 2003 Professor of Psychiatry
  • 2005 Price for Quality management in Health Care in Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • 2007/2008 Principal author for the German Psychiatric Association (DGPPN) guideline “aggressive behaviour”
  • Since 2009 Director of Research and Education in ZfP Südwürttemberg Hospital Group, member of managerial board Centres for psychiatry Südwürttemberg
  • Co-editor of the journals Krankenhauspsychiatrie (until 2006), Psychiatrische Praxis, Open Clinical Trials, The Scientific World Journal
  • Publications: 4 books, ca. 200 journal articles and book chapters

Dirk RichterDirk Richter trained as a nurse in a mental health hospital in the 1980s and has worked as a psychiatric nurse in acute addiction care in Germany. From 1988 to 1994 he studied sociology, psychology and philosophy at Münster University, Germany. After completing his PhD-thesis he became a senior researcher and quality manager at a public mental hospital in Münster. In 2003 he completed his ‘Habilitation’-thesis (post-doctoral thesis; prerequisite to become a university professor in the German speaking countries) on the sociology of mental disorders. In 2009 he moved from Münster, Germany, to Berne, Switzerland, where he now is a Nursing Research Professor at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

His current research interests include violence and aggression management, psychiatric nursing and psychiatric epidemiology. He has published extensively in these areas, including several books. Most of his publications were written in German, but he has also published several English articles and book chapters. Read More

Peter Lepping

Peter LeppingProf. Peter Lepping, MB ChB, MRCPsych, MSc

Consultant Psychiatrist/Visiting Professor ( Glyndŵr University)/Associate Medical Director
Ymgynghorydd Seiciatreg/Athro Ymweld (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)/Cyfarwyddwr Meddygol Cysylltiol

Central Wrexham Community Mental Health Team
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
16,  Grosvenor Road
LL11 1BU
Tîm Iechyd Meddwl Cymunedol Canol Wrecsam
Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Betsi Cadwaladr
16, Ffordd Grosvenor
LL11 1BU
Tel/Ffon: 01978-346250 (secretary), 346270 (direct)
Fax/Ffacs: 01978-312827
E-mail/E-bost: peter.lepping@wales.nhs.uk

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Rob Poole, MB BS, FRCPsych
Co-Director, CFMHAS
Professor of Social Psychiatry, Bangor University
01978-727142  Read More

Richard WhittingtonRichard Whittington PhD, CPsychol, BA, AFBPsS, PGCert

Professor Richard Whittington               
Professor of Mental Health               
Health & Community Care Research Unit          
Institute of Psychology,Health & Society           
Thompson-Yates Building
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, UK
L69 3GB

Telephone +44 (0)151 794 5621   
Fax +44 (0)151 794 5434
 Email whitting@liverpool.ac.uk
D.o.b: 20th. May 1959

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Brian Tehan

Brian Tehan is currently both an Assistant Medical Director and Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.  This organisation, one of the largest in the UK, was formed in October 2009, and serves the population of North Wales, currently 600, 000 - 750,000.  It provides the full range of primary and secondary care health services as well as some aspects of tertiary care.  

Brian qualified in 1986 from University College Dublin, and trained in Anaesthesia in Sheffield, and West Yorkshire. Appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in 1995, as well as his heavy clinical commitment to Adult Critical Care and Anaesthesia for Head and Neck Cancers, He has held several leadership roles; Locally starting a Departmental Chairman, he has subsequently assumed various roles to include Intensive Care Lead, Chairman of the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, and Clinical Director, first for Anaesthesia, and subsequently for Surgery & Anaesthesia.  His leadership experience has further extended with a period as Medical Director, and more recently as Deputy and Assistant Medical Director roles.  Nationally, Brian has served as Secretary, and Treasurer for the Welsh Intensive Care Society, as well as membership of the National Specialty Training Committee.

Brian has a keen interest in Patient Safety. Anaesthesia is now amongst the safest specialties, and he has taken this grounding to contribute actively in his leadership for critical care in an initiative sponsored by the Health Foundation and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Safer Patients Initiative (SPI).  Through this initiative his organisation (then Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust) and in particular his intensive care unit, achieved national and international acclaim for the results it achieved, in driving down lenght of stay, and mortality.  Such was this success that it has spawned the current national campaign, the 1000 Lives Plus, in which Brian continues to play an active part.

Spurred on by this experience and interest, and keen to further his knowledge, Brian has recently been successful in his application to join an elite programme, Generation Q, again sponsored by the Health Foundation and Unipart.  The theme for this programme is Leadership and Quality Improvement, and academically accredited by  Ashridge Business School, run over 20 months it is run at Masters level.  

In his other role as Assistant Medical Director, Brian provides local professional supervision for all Doctors, other than trainees, in his part of the organisation (currently about 200 Doctors).  He is also Patient Safety lead for BCUHB, and with this has a substantial commitment to developing strategy and operational delivery to the betterment of the people of North Wales.  BCUHB being still in the formative stages, he is particularly involved in developing measures for the organisation as well as investigation and management of serious clinical incidents.

Tom Palmstierna, born 1956, is currently associate professor in psychiatry at the Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Professor II at the medical faculty of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is a licensed psychiatrist since 1989 and has had several clinical and management positions within the field of dependency psychiatry in Västerås county  and Stockholm, Sweden. Clinically he is currently holding a position as senior psychiatrist at Stockholm forensic outpatient unit. Tom Palmstierna’s research has mainly focused on coercion and violent behavior from psychiatric patients within psychiatric institutions as well as on treatment of patients with violent behavior. He achieved his PhD 1992 on studies of violent inpatient behavior, validating his aggression report scale; the SOAS (Staff Observation Aggression Scale) which now, in its revised form (SOAS-R), is a widely used device for proper registration of violent behavior in inpatient settings. Up till now (December 2013) he has published about 75 scientific papers on these subjects. He has also been scientific chair for the biannual European Congresses on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry, of which the 8th was held in Gent, Belgium in 2013.