BMA biographies

Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins

Professor Sheila Baroness HollinsProfessor Sheila the Baroness Hollins is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St George’s University of London, and prior to her retirement was Chair of the Division of Mental Health for 3 years.

She holds an honorary Chair in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham. She was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 3 years from 2005 to 2008, and was appointed an Independent member of the House of Lords in 2010.

After qualifying at St Thomas's she was a GP in South London before training in psychiatry. Until she retired from clinical practice in 2006, she had been a Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disability in South West London for 25 years. She has had two secondments to the Department of Health as senior policy advisor in learning disability and autism.

Her clinical and research expertise has been in the mental and physical health of people with developmental learning disabilities. She is the chair of Beyond Words, a community interest company, which promotes the use of pictures to communicate about health and wellbeing to people with learning disabilities.

She is a member and former chair of a number of national and international advisory boards, and was recently a castaway on Desert Island Discs.

Her husband is a science educator, and the eldest of her 4 children is a psychiatrist.

 

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