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

Teresa Guy, Programme Support Administrator 

Training Programme Directors



Core Psychiatry  
Dr Cherry Lewin 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 Mark Theophanous    


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 Rachel Jukes  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 

Links for Support



If you are a trainee experiencing difficulties, please follow this link: for further support. 


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':