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BSc(Hons) MSc C.Psychol. AFBPsS


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Annabel Poate-Joyner is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Coaching Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University. 

Annabel is on the BPS Registers of Coaching Psychologists and Approved Psychological Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) and Master Practitioner of EMCC UK. 

Annabel Poate-Joyner is Director and Lead Clinician of APJ Psychological Consulting, providing high-quality independent Clinical, Occupational Health, Medico-legal and Expert Witness services to the National Health Service, Local Authorities, Police Forces, MOD, and to the private sector. Annabel is MD of Psychological HandS for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace.  

Annabel is Co-Founder of the Association of Psychologists on Boards, a Specialist Professional Advisor with CQC, Trustee of Care of Police Survivors (COPS)

Throughout an interesting portfolio career of over 30 years of professional experience, Annabel has worked primarily in the fields of Mental Health and Learning Disability and across the specialist areas of Vulnerable Persons, Mental Capacity and Autistic Spectrum Disorders in public and private sector services and organisations. 

Annabel is regularly instructed by the NHS, local authorities, the Court of Protection, private and third sector to provide specialist clinical and psychometric assessment and reports in complex cases of Abuse, Trauma and Neglect, Child and Family proceedings, Mental Capacity, Best Interests, DOLS, and advises on best practice and risk management of people with complex challenging needs and/or forensic clinical issues.

Annabel has provided expert opinion in major NHS Hospital and Health & Social Care Home investigations and prosecutions, Judicial Review and Best Interests in the High Court, and in Audit and Evaluation Inspections.

Annabel Poate-Joyner is an Expert Advisor to National Crime Agency and has provided expert opinion and testimony in numerous serious criminal cases including sexual offences, domestic abuse, controlling and coercive behaviour, arson, and murder up to and including the Royal Courts of Justice. She has particular expertise in complex cases involving vulnerable victims and/or vulnerable defendants and has provided clinical and expert opinion and testimony in complex cases for over 20 years.


1985: BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology.

1989: MSc in Clinical Psychology. University of Surrey.

2008: Expert Witness Certificate, Cardiff Law School.

2011: Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) training, Lorna Wing Centre, National Autistic Society, Bromley.

2013: EMDR Training, Richman EMDR Training, London.


Health Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist (PYL21198)

British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist (23955)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

  •  Full Member of BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS DCP)
  •  BPS SEC DCP Branch Treasurer and Committee Member
  •  BPS DCP Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology
  •  BPS DCP Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  •  BPS Division of Forensic Psychology
  •  BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners Committee
  •  BPS Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Psychology Section
  •  BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors
  •  BPS Expert Witness Advisory Group Committee member
  •  BPS Mental Capacity Advisory Group Committee member

The BPS Professional Practice Board has co-authored and published two new Guidance Documents on What makes a Good Assessment of Capacity and Assessing Capacity to Consent to Sex, produced by the Mental Capacity Advisory Group Committee, 2019, and in Expert Witness Practice, updated 2017 (British Psychological Society 

Co-Founder of the Association of Psychologists on Boards bringing psychological expertise for more effective Boards and Services.

Online DBS ID code is C8551836356.


Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, former President of the British Psychological Society, (2015-16), [email protected]

Ewa Rula, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, [email protected]


April 1998 to date: Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Clinical, Occupational Health, Medico-legal and Expert Witness Practice. Director & Lead Consultant, APJ Psychological Consulting. Organisational and Management Advisor, and provider of Specialist Psychological Health and Safety Services. Professional supervision and personal support services. Specialist Professional Advisor to Care Quality Commission (CQC).

April 2012 to August 2012: Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Manager responsible for Service Development and delivery of Psychology to a specialist Autistic Spectrum Disorders Service for young people and vulnerable adults with complex and challenging needs and dual diagnosis.

June 2011 to April 2012: Locum Consultant Clinical Psychologist (8C) Defence Clinical Psychology Service, Joint Medical Command, based at Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Portsmouth. Assessment and treatment of mental health and occupational management of serving tri-forces military personnel. Development of specially commissioned Anger Management Programme (Problem Anger Workshop - PAW ) for DCMH nationally. Supervision to MDT clinicians.

April 2010 to June 2011: Locum Consultant Clinical Psychologist (8C) to Poole Community Mental Health Teams, Dorset Foundation University Healthcare Trust (DFUHT). Assessment, psychological interventions, and case management of the full range of complex and enduring adult mental issues and personality disorders, supervision of MDT colleagues.

April 1998 onwards: Independent Clinical, Occupational Health, Medico-legal and Expert Witness practice holding roles including Force Psychologist to Surrey Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP), Serious & Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Royal Military Police, MOD, and INTERPOL

1995 – 1998: Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Grade B) in Learning Disabilities & Vulnerable Adults, with Chichester Priority Care NHS Trust. Head of Learning Disability Specialty & Lead Clinician of Specialist Challenging Behaviours Service for Complex Needs & Dual Diagnosis.

1993-2001: Specialist supervision at RESPOND, a charity based in London. Supervision of specialist psychotherapy with borderline/learning-disabled sexual offenders.

1992-1995: Principal/Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Grade A) in Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability Joint Service at Queen Mary’s, Roehampton, Richmond, Twickenham & Roehampton NHS Trust. Community, out-patient and in-patient psychology services. 

Provider of full range of psychological therapies with individual, couple and group-work approaches. Clinical specialist in the assessment and treatment of victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse/offences and other forms of abuse and trauma. Organisational Consultancy and facilitation.

Consultant appointed to develop and implement the Abuse Prevention Policy of Learning Disabled service users of a NHS/L.A. Joint learning Disability Service following a public inquiry into the widespread sexual abuse of residents at a long-stay hospital. Clinical responsibility for the provision of psychology services in community care homes and services.

1991-1992: Senior Clinical Psychologist in Adult Mental Health / Health Psychology with Bloomsbury & Islington NHS Trust at Middlesex Hospital.

1989-1991: Clinical Psychologist in Learning Disability, Merton & Sutton Health Authority. Full range of assessment, psychological intervention and treatment approaches including individual and group therapy, in residential, long-stay LD hospitals and the community. Provision of CTPLD MDT assessment and psychology services to statutory and private sector homes and to learning disabled people, families and carers.


Harmful Exposure. Police Review, Vol 112, No 5756, 9 Jan 2004.

How to work effectively with your expert. Your Witness, Spring 2008.

(CV updated September 2020)