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Dr Seshagiri 
MBBS; MRCPsych; FRCPsych; DPM; MEWI; MMedSc; LL.M 


Area of Expertise


Forensic Psychiatry >


Fitness to plead


Risk of harm


Phobia assessment

Mental capacity 


Dr Seshagiri Rao Nimmagadda has been a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist since 2004. As a part of Dr Nimmagadda's higher specialist training in Forensic Psychiatry, he has acquired the requisite competencies in writing expert psychiatric reports to the Courts and in giving oral evidence. He regularly provides independent psychiatric reports to Criminal Courts, the Parole Board, CIvil Courts and Mental Health Review Tribunals. Dr Nimmagadda have expertise in conducting mental capacity assessments as per the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and regularly gives oral evidence before various Courts and Tribunals in England including on occasions in the Court of Appeal and the Parole Board.

In the last 20 years Dr Nimmagadda has been involved in complex issues applying ‘McNaughten rules’ and ‘Diminished Responsibility’ and gives evidence to the parole board as well.

Dr Nimmagadda covers areas such as risk assessment of violence towards others, Psychiatric aspects of ‘Fitness to plead’, Homicide, Physical Violence, Sexual offences and Arson


  • MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery - Andhra University; India

  • MRCPsych - Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

  • FRCPsych – Fellow of Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

  • DPM - Diploma in Psychological Medicine - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

  • MMedSc - Master of Medical Science in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of Leeds

  • CCT - Certificate of Completion of Training in Forensic Psychiatry - Included in the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council.

  • LL.M (Mental Health Law) - from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

  • MEWI - Elected as a Member of Expert Witness Institute.

  • Section 12(2) approved under the Mental Health Act 1983, by the Secretary of State as having expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

  • Approved Clinician (AC) under the Mental Health Act 1983 (Amended)

  • Basic Specialist Training in Psychiatry (February 1998 – April 2001)

  • Higher Specialist Training in Forensic Psychiatry (May 2001-April 2004)

  • Dr Nimmagadda successfully completed the Higher Specialist Training in Forensic Psychiatry during the above period having worked in the following places:  Reaside Clinic and Hillis Lodge, Birmingham, The Hatherton Centre, Stafford; and Rampton Hospital, Nottinghamshire.

  • As a part of his training he worked in the following prisons - HMP Blakenhurst1 (May 2001 – March 2002), HMP Drake Hall2 (April 2002 to October 2003), and HMYOI Brinsford3 (February 2003 to October 2003).

Committees and Memberships

  • Member of Mental Health Law Sub-Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (from October 2002 to September 2003)

  • Member of Forensic Psychiatry Executive Committee (from October 2002 to January 2004)

  • Member of Forensic Psychiatry Specialist Advisory Sub-Committee (from October 2003 to April 2004)

  • Member of Forensic Psychiatry and Social and Rehabilitation Psychiatry interface group from October 2002 to November 2004)

  • Served as a personal tutor for a group of 20 medical students (T group 35) from the University of Birmingham, from August 2002 to April 2003.

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

  • Member of the Expert Witness Institute

  • Member of the Expert Witness Society

  • Member of the Medical Protection Society

  • Trustee and an Elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from July 2006.

  • Secretary for the Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group (PIPSIG) since July 2010.

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