Dr. Harry Gerard Kennedy

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“From risk assessment to needs assessment: triage, safety and recovery”


HarryKennedyHarry Kennedy, BSc, MB, MD, FRCPI, FRCPsych
Consultant forensic psychiatrist and executive clinical director, National Forensic Mental Health Service, Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin 14, Ireland. Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry Trinity College Dublin. Formerly Clinical Director, North London Forensic Service and Hon Senior Lecturer, Royal Free Hospital Medical School, University College London, UK. Trained Dublin and London.

Established early prison in-reach and court diversion services in Pentonville and Holloway prisons London (1992-2000), Cloverhill and Mountjoy prisons Dublin (2000) and St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders, Dublin (2010). In 2014 a high intensity continuity and monitoring team commenced work across all Irish prisons.

Reform and re-organisation of the Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin 2000 to present. A network of community high support step down places has been established along with in-reach and court diversion services to remand prisons and to St Patrick’s Institution until its closure. Currently establishing an in-reach team at the new national Youth Justice facility in Oberstown, Co Dublin. This process of reform will include the opening of a new purpose built forensic hospital for Ireland in 2019.

Harry also teaches forensic psychiatry and publishes research on the epidemiology of homicide and suicide, triage and recovery in therapeutically safe and secure pathways, neuroscience and violence, mental health law and human rights. Harry has been involved in the design, commissioning and transition to new forensic hospitals, twice in the last 20 years.

Member, National Bioethics Advisory Committee, Dept of Health, Ireland; Inter-departmental committee, Justice and Health, Ireland; chair, faculty of academic psychiatry, College of Psychiatry, Ireland; member, Advisory Committee Quality Network for Secure Services, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. Chair, working group 2 ‘definitions’, EU COST Action IS1302 ‘longer term forensic care’; expert advisor, Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture;

Expert evidence in human rights cases, Ireland, Scotland and England & Wales.








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