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Dr Abrar Hussain is a consultant psychiatrist based in Berkshire and West London with a wealth of experience and expertise in many areas of his field. His specialties include depression, anxiety, traumatic stress and personality disorders, amongst many other areas of psychiatry. He has a special interest in the assessment and management of medically unexplained symptoms and functional neurological disorders. He runs a specialist service within the NHS for patients with co-morbid physical and psychological distress.
He completed his medical training in 2002 as a gold medallist and has since gone on to complete his post graduate training in psychiatry in London. He was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2009. He is on the General Medical Council Specialist Register for General Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry.
In addition to his training in pharmacological (medicines) management, he is trained in psychological therapies. He is an Accredited Therapist in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), a form of psychological therapy based on relationships with self and others. He is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy is a powerful approach aimed at processing traumatic experiences.
As well as working full-time as a consultant psychiatrist, Dr Hussain dedicates time to mentoring for the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy. He leads training for junior psychiatrists sitting the Royal College of Psychiatrists examination as the Course Director for Cognitions for CASC course (www.cognitionsforcasc.co.uk).
He is actively involved in research as the Principal Investigator in the national multi-centre CODES trial. He has presented in national and international conferences and won prizes for his work. He has been invited to speak at a number of regional and national events. He has published several scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.
Areas of interest
Depression; Anxiety; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Personality disorder; Personality change after trauma; Medically Unexplained Symptoms; Somatisation; Somatoform disorder; Functional Neurological Disorder; Dissociative seizures (Non-epileptic attack disorder)
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Gynaecological disorders
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Neurological disorders
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
- Video and telephone consultations
Current NHS consultant posts held
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Functional Neurological Disorders
MRCPsych CASC examination training
Poster prize, Measuring outcomes in medically unexplained symptoms in the outpatient setting: Observations from a neurology MUS clinic, London, 2013
Poster prize, Medically Unexplained Symptoms: opportunities for collaborative working, a public survey of awareness and attitudes to referrals, Reading, 2013
EMDR as a clinical intervention in the treatment of dissociative seizures, International Conference on Functional Neurological Disorders, 2017
Medically Unexplained Symptoms in General Practice, Clinical Focus Primary Care, published 2014
Relationship between price paid for off-trade alcohol, alcohol consumption and income in England: a cross-sectional survey, Alcohol and Alcoholism, published 2012
Enhancing the effectiveness of an Assertive Outreach Team: Case study, The Psychiatrist, published 2011
Risperidone in the treatment of psychosis associated with multiple sclerosis – A Case Report, Journal of Psychopharmacology, published 2008
Mirtazapine associated with Recurrent Pancreatitis – A Case Report, Journal of Psychopharmacology, published 2008
Courses offered to GPs
Assessment and management of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS)
- MBBS Sri Ramachandra University 2003
- MRCPsych Royal College of Psychiatrists 2009
- Certificate of Completion of Training General Medical Council 2012
- PG Certificate in University Learning and Teaching Imperial College London 2012
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) - Accredited Therapist The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy 2018
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Accredited Europe Practitioner EMDR UK and Ireland Association 2018
Reference number 6090900
Details of entry to specialist register
- General and Liaison Psychiatry, 2012
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.