North West School of Psychiatry

 Welcome to the School of Psychiatry

The North West School of Psychiatry oversees postgraduate training in psychiatry across Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. The School offers core psychiatry training, as well as higher training in six psychiatry specialties, with dual specialty training schemes available.


For further details about the programme, please visit the School’s website at


Please note, if you have a query regarding National recruitment, you will need to contact the Recruitment team on 



Head of School



Dr Raghu Paranthaman


Site: Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust 




Associate Head of School



Dr John Stevens


Site: Mersey Care 


Programme Support Team



Natalie Dawson, Programme Support Manager

0151 479 2574

Health Education England                                      

1st Floor, Regatta Place,


L3 4BL

Sarah Mrozek Programme Support Coordinator

Alex Cooper, Programme Support Administrator 

Training Programme Directors



Core Psychiatry  
Dr Emily Mountain Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust  
Dr Seri Abraham                                  

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust


Academic Clinical Fellows 

Dr Matthew Appleyard

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust


East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 

Dr Declan Hyland  


Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust


Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Rachel Elvins   North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  
Dr Adam Dierckx Core Psychotherapy 
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 
Dr Neelo Aslam   Regional
Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities    
Dr Mischa Mockett Regional
Forensic Psychiatry  
Dr Simon Plunkett Regional
General Psychiatry  
Dr Nanda Dayalan  Cheshire & Merseyside 

Dr Catrin Evans 

Dr Tarun Khanna  Lancashire 
Medical Psychotherapy 

Dr Swapna Kongora

Dr Adam Dierckx - Key contact 

Old Age Psychiatry 
Dr Anna Richman Cheshire & Merseyside 
Dr Jay Palle Manchester & Lancashire 
Lead Employer Contacts
Lead Employer Helpdesk 


Trainee Representives 


Core Psychiatry 
Dr Claire Marie Hossein Greater Manchester CT Representative 
Dr Hassan Mallick Lancashire CT Representative
Dr Laura Middleton Mersey CT Representative
Higher Psychiatry 
Dr Catarina Rodrigues dos Santos Greater Manchester ST Representative ( On leave covered by Dr Saumya Singh )
Dr Leo Scott Mersey ST Representative
Forensic Psychiatry
Dr Mindy Reeves North West Forensic ST Representative
CAMHS Psychiatry
Dr Stephen Adams North West CAMHS ST Representative
General Adult Psychiatry
Dr Wajiha Zia North West General Adult ST Representative
Dr Jonathon Whyler Mersey General Adult ST Representative
Dr Zara Ahmed Mersey General Adult ST Representative
Dr Lori Black Mersey General Adult ST Representative
Dr Sehrish Shafiq General Adult ST Representative
Old Age Psychiatry
Dr Victoria Jones  North West Old Age ST Representative
Equality & Diversity 
Dr Victoria Ozidu Equality and Diversity Representative


Links for Support & Health & Welbeing 



If you are a trainee experiencing difficulties, please follow this link: 

for further support information from the lead employer shared services  


The updated NW SuppoRTT Guidance Document is now available on our website here: 


Please click on the following link for the Royal College of Psychiatrists 'Covid-19: Guidance for UK Psychiatric Trainees':