Dr Michael McCreadie
Dr Andrew McDonnell
Expert report/expert witness work
It is now common that questions arise in care settings which raise medico legal questions where expert psychology guidance is required. Dr Andrew McDonnell, David Walker and Dr Michael McCreadie provide expert witness opinions in civil and criminal cases regarding matters such as restrictive practice, injury arising in care settings or mental capacity questions. It may for example be relevant to understand the role of autism or developmental disability in allegedly criminal behaviour. Or perhaps in a supported living environment, questions may arise regarding responsibility for actions which have caused injury. Dr McDonnell has particular interest in the field of autism/intellectual disability and questions around the appropriateness or legality of restrictive interventions in care settings. He has written extensively and regularly speaks at conference on this matter.
Regarding questions of expert opinion to guide and inform services, both Dr Andrew McDonnell and Dr Michael McCreadie have extensive experience working in community care and residential settings throughout Europe, the Middle East and Canada. They can provide expert opinion to appraise or configure bespoke service models or perhaps guide families. Such work might include undertaking mental capacity assessments, risk assessments or guidance to inform professional support. Dr McCreadie’s broad expertise as a health psychologist brings experience and expertise in approaches to care for people who have neuro-developmental conditions and/or acquired brain injury. Alongside his teaching role at Strathclyde University he regularly speaks at conferences on these matters.
The following is a guide to some of the areas where Studio III’s clinical consultants provide expert psychology advice;
- Accident and injury claims in civil cases.
- Mental Capacity and Fitness to plead
- Mitigating factors in criminal cases re autism and intellectual disability
- Criminality and sexual behaviours in autism and intellectual disability
- Advice to insurers regarding matters of liability re injury arising in care settings
- Preparation of risk assessments
- Advising families on care approaches
- Advice and opinion about support plans and service appraisal.
- Design and configuration of individualised services
- Transition planning from secure settings to supported living environments
- Cognitive Assessment
- Appraisal of staff training in care settings
- Working in care settings for older adults
The above list is not exhaustive. Please feel free to contact us for a free initial consultation to discuss any matter.