Ian Gillman-Smith

Independent Social Work Consultant and Expert Witness

Ian has worked in mental health and social care for the last twenty-three years. He has a breadth and depth of experience, both as a highly experienced social work practitioner and psychotherapist.

He has completed advanced psychotherapy training in Personal Construct Psychology and has been Chair for the Personal Construct Psychology Association for eight years. Ian provides private psychotherapy services to adults and couples as well as professional supervision.

Ian provides regular teaching on the Foundation Training and Advanced Training for the Personal Construct Psychology Association. He provides sessional teaching, on the Doctorate Couse in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire as a visiting lecturer. Ian is also accredited by the Law Society and the Institute of Legal Executives to deliver continuing professional development training to legal professionals. Such courses specialise in issues relating to mental health, mental capacity and vulnerable adults.

Ian has been the Deputy Manager of a North London Psychological Therapies Services in an NHS Mental Health Trust for ten years, providing psychological services to adults who are considered to have complex and enduring mental health needs.

Since 1999 Ian has been practicing as an Independent Social Work Consultant and Expert Witness. He is instructed typically by solicitors who specialise in mental health, mental capacity, negligence and human rights law. He has extensive experience with respect writing reports intended for the court and he frequently attends court as an Expert Witness in order to provide oral evidence, typically under cross-examination.

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